'Tests dead if England rotate in Ashes'
10/03/2021 | sport | cricket | 797
Michael Vaughan says "Test cricket is dead" if England rest and rotate players during this winter's Ashes series against Australia.
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10/03/2021 13:06:06 70 13
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Vaughan talking some sense, for once.
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10/03/2021 14:12:57 11 13
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it must have been by accident. Maybe he was drunk?
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LH
10/03/2021 14:29:52 0 1
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Eh??
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10/03/2021 13:06:14 7 25
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Vaughan is such a clown
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10/03/2021 13:16:30 3 5
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I am sorry to disagree with you but clowns are useful and Vaughn isn’t.
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10/03/2021 13:07:45 19 26
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I know Micheal Vaughan is paid to be a commentator and perhaps say controversial things to get people going. However he never played, or captained, during a pandemic. So I suggest he thinks a bit more about players mental health and the circumstances they are playing a living before coming out with such statements. Quite simply,test cricket won't be dead if players are rotated.
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10/03/2021 13:12:44 13 5
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Mental health, mental health - these are highly paid sportsmen with physiologists on call.
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10/03/2021 13:14:58 9 0
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I agree it is difficult during the pandemic BUT this has not stopped many England players from signing up to the IPL, sadly money talks.
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10/03/2021 13:18:04 1 2
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The pandemic will be over by the time the Ashes series starts
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10/03/2021 13:29:53 6 0
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Fair points made, but the bio bubbles are no worse than the months at sea made for the Ashes in 30s etc. Resting players to prevent injury/stress makes sense, but giving them extra time off to deal with what the common person has to deal with is not really going to end with good results against a strong aussie bowling team. Good to read so many fair opinions on both sides on messages btw,
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11/03/2021 11:45:54 0 1
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What a load of psycho babble nonsense.
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10/03/2021 13:08:24 319 7
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I'm not sure what's most concerning: England's rotation policy or the fact I am agreeing with Michael Vaughan
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10/03/2021 14:06:33 81 6
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Your quite right. Its the first time I've ever agreed with Michael Vaughan too.
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10/03/2021 14:11:14 3 10
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Totally disagree. England would have lost in India, rotation or no rotation. Too much has been made of rotation which is a bit of an insult to India.

In recent years we've had some excellent test series played around the World, from Eng. v. India- 4-1 to England but an excellent contest to India v. Aus. which was on another level and had viewer and listener from all over the World.+ now the WTC
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10/03/2021 14:38:12 1 0
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Both lol
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10/03/2021 15:14:29 8 0
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I've just written this without seeing your post! He usually just tries to grab headlines by being outspokenly ridiculous
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10/03/2021 15:18:20 4 0
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Signed in to make exactly this point! The man drives me up the wall most of the time but on this he's absolutely spot on. Rotation fine when it refers to protecting players with specific injuries and knowing that in advance but this is just nuts. Hate it in other sports too
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10/03/2021 15:21:45 1 0
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I like it
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10/03/2021 15:35:08 2 0
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Ha ha - My sentiments exactly
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10/03/2021 16:11:35 4 0
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Looks like you weren't the only one.
Bit like Sutton in the football. As players, respected but as pundit.....
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10/03/2021 17:04:12 1 0
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and what makes it all so much worse is that they do not seem to know who the best test XI is! Maybe they're rotating in the vain hope they can find out by accident.
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10/03/2021 18:06:53 1 0
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Just came on to post something very similar!
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10/03/2021 18:31:58 1 0
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... and i've just logged in and said the same.
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10/03/2021 23:08:26 0 0
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A lot of us have that concern. I suppose he has to be right sometime.
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11/03/2021 06:40:34 0 2
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I'll never agree with Vaughan - absolutely the worst cricket pundit who ever lived!! Apart from one brilliant tour of Australia an average player at best as well
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11/03/2021 11:50:29 0 0
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That makes two of us! I suppose even Vaughan is right some of the time.
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10/03/2021 13:08:56 1 25
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Test cricket died years ago.
Slow, monotonous, boring.
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10/03/2021 17:52:36 2 0
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And the games finishing with the most exciting finishes ever. TEST CRICKET IS NOT DEAD.
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10/03/2021 13:10:46 3 3
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performance related pay - don't play and don't play well they only get minimum wage.
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10/03/2021 13:11:12 49 1
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There will be plenty of rotation until we can find a 1,2,3 that can do their job
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10/03/2021 13:54:40 20 4
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The rotation has caused the problem.
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LH
10/03/2021 14:38:22 0 2
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2,3,1; 3,2,1; 1,3,2!!
There! There a quite a few permutations/rotations!!
If one includes "4", then there are even more!!!
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10/03/2021 13:11:12 48 10
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Sadly, I think the days are already numbered for Test Cricket, with the mass market appeal of the crash bang wallop limited overs formats, being pushed more and more.
Purists will always love the five day game, but there aren’t enough of us and modern sports fans just aren’t interested in anything that takes up more than a few hours.
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10/03/2021 13:15:37 9 56
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I enjoy test match, but to call it purist and others not, is poor. Football played for one day will become different and that's what different duration format of cricket has done.....they are no less cricket.....CRICKET IS CRICKET!
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LH
10/03/2021 14:42:20 3 2
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Golf Tournaments over FOUR days?? Snooker Tournaments over TWO weeks?? Six Nations Rugby over SEVEN weeks??!!!
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10/03/2021 21:10:27 1 0
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Each format tests a different skill set. Regardless of the format if there is balance between ball & bat-no issue.

The depth & skills put to sword in Test cricket are unmatched by other formats.

Comparing cricket to other sports for supporting one's view point, is comparing apples and oranges.
Regardless of cricket's evolution, Test cricket will live on. Nothing to fear. ODI T20 made TC better
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10/03/2021 13:11:56 431 14
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Best outcome would be to scrap the hundred, that would free up a month for proper cricket.
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10/03/2021 13:32:37 136 8
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Keep rotating the squad & people will stop watching and the money will dry up.. and without money Test cricket won't survive. Test cricket needs the very best team available out on the pitch.. and with central contracts their is no excuse for it not to happen. T20 & the hundred are often excuses for Test crickets real problems.. supporters of red ball cricket happy to take the money and complain.
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10/03/2021 14:30:38 15 2
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Can't do that, dear boy. How would the ECB management fund their bonuses?

Cynical? Moi?! ;-)
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Ben
10/03/2021 14:49:53 6 5
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I wonder if the hundred is more about getting cricket back on free-to-air TV to try and give cricket a boost. Sky had all the broadcast rights and so the ECB had to invent a new format. My hope is that they consider this the next time broadcasting rights are being auctioned and perhaps they merge the T20 blast with the hundred taking the best from both.
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10/03/2021 15:34:42 23 1
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I agree - An absolutely stupid and unnecessary re-invention of the game. T20 is a short enough form of the game
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10/03/2021 16:01:26 11 6
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Unfortunately the ECB love the idea of a 'gender-balanced' tournament even at the expense of traditional formats
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10/03/2021 16:10:24 2 0
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And therefore no live coverage on free-to-air television.
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10/03/2021 17:05:14 3 0
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Scrolled down to comments & the first comment was exactly what I was going to say. I also believe they need to limit test matches like we used to do in that we had a summer series against one big team i.e. 5 or 6 test matches & a 2 way split between the smaller nations & the same with winter & with both winter & summer tours visiting teams get proper warm-up matches basically like we used to do
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10/03/2021 17:33:01 4 1
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Test cricket is the only cricket! A summer's day, sat in a deckchair with a glass of beer, listening to TMS, what's not to love.
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10/03/2021 17:57:51 1 1
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Couldn't agree more. No wonder we don't possess the patience to bat properly, when all that seems to matter is slogging the ball as far as possible. Absolute joke.
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10/03/2021 18:31:10 0 2
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I concur.

First time I agree with Michael Vaughan on anything. I would still like to see him replaced as a summariser with another ex England captain, someone like Cook maybe ?
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10/03/2021 19:32:09 2 0
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200 million for 5 years of rubbish will cost to run the hundred should be concentrating playing test matches and the 50 over game , not gimmicks so won't be going!
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10/03/2021 20:33:35 1 0
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Yes,the hundred is a trumped up money making scam,that masquerades as a cricket competition,but in reality is just about one thing MONEY!!
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10/03/2021 22:20:13 0 0
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BLOODY GOOD IDEA WHY DO WE HAVE TO HAVE ANOTHER GAME THATS CLOSE TO T20, ON THE OTHER HAND IF YOU HAD TRULY SEPERATE RULES FOR EXAMPLE TRULY TOWN OR CITY SIDES IN MY CASE IT W0ULD BE EASTBOURNE SAFFRONS ANF IF YOU PLAY IN ONE YOU CANT PLAY IN THE OTHER MJT
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10/03/2021 13:12:26 11 10
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MJ Vaughan is trying to be the new Boycott, the Piers Morgan of cricket. An outraged, attention-seeking opinion every week. We’re only really rotating bowlers, which makes sense given injury prone Archer & Stones, Broad & Jimmy getting on. Aussies rotated bowlers to go effect in the last Ashes.
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10/03/2021 13:13:56 1 0
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*Stone - typo
Shut the fk up. Removed
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10/03/2021 13:14:42 4 2
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Mr Lillee and Mr Marsh, we think you are a bit tired so you won't be taking on the Poms in the next match. Hope that is OK.
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10/03/2021 13:07:45 19 26
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I know Micheal Vaughan is paid to be a commentator and perhaps say controversial things to get people going. However he never played, or captained, during a pandemic. So I suggest he thinks a bit more about players mental health and the circumstances they are playing a living before coming out with such statements. Quite simply,test cricket won't be dead if players are rotated.
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10/03/2021 13:12:44 13 5
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Mental health, mental health - these are highly paid sportsmen with physiologists on call.
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10/03/2021 13:16:41 5 2
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What an apt name you have...
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10/03/2021 13:20:42 2 3
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Yes, but living in bubbles for weeks/ months on end, many have young families at home... it’s not all about money
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10/03/2021 13:22:07 7 4
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Being well paid doesn't remove the conditions that can affect a person's mental health, and nor do 'physiologists', unfortunately. Human beings are a little bit more complicated than that.
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10/03/2021 13:29:34 4 3
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The very fact that you think a physiologist is a mental health expert means your opinion is irrelevant.

But you should also know that no doctor can prescribe some painkiller-equivalent treatment that fixes mental health issues for the remainder of the tour. If a player on tour is struggling and speaks to a psychologist/psychiatrist, the first thing they'll advise is taking a break.
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11/03/2021 04:40:28 1 1
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So they are immune? Don’t talk tripe.
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10/03/2021 13:13:09 69 5
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Professional Sportsmen are prepared to undertake a tour. It's not easy touring, but many aspiring test player has taken themselves abroad in the winter to keep playing competitively, so it's not new. Either you commit to the tour or you stay home. If people find themselves needing to return for any reason, fair enough, we have backups ready for that, but please none of this hokey cokey garbage.
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10/03/2021 16:52:15 10 1
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Yes - this is correct and in normal circumstances, I don't think any of the players complained about travelling abroad. But with covid and bubbles, these tours are longer and than normal. In some instances you are talking about staying in bubbles for 5 months. Not easy. I do think it is important to take care of players mental health - but don't entirely agree with ECB's rotation policy.
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10/03/2021 13:13:30 216 14
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Rotation in the Ashes - its an insult to the history and tradition of the Series, an insult to the opponents and an insult to England's legion of test cricket supporters, who are the best in the World by the way
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10/03/2021 13:27:24 147 12
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So also an insult to India then as rotation just happened there?
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10/03/2021 16:39:59 9 7
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English cricketers and supporters only care about the Ashes - Been insulting all other nations for decades.
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10/03/2021 16:56:19 0 0
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You wouldn't by any chance be an england supporter???
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10/03/2021 17:08:08 1 1
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So why is it ok for Australia to rotate their bowlers?
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10/03/2021 20:48:11 1 1
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Ashes, totally overrated 2 horse race
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11/03/2021 11:38:43 0 0
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Most self-congratulatory does not equal the best.
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10/03/2021 13:13:35 47 2
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I would have thought all England players will want to play in Ashes test matches and not be rotated in and out. As a Scotsman I want to see classics ashes test matches with best English and Oz players playing, and England winning 3:2.
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LH
10/03/2021 14:33:33 17 4
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!I would have thought all England players will want to play in ... test matches!!!!!! Forget the Ashes bit, it is a thorough PRIVILEGE afforded to ONLY a FEW!!! I would have LOVED the opportunity to play Test Cricket!!
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10/03/2021 13:12:26 11 10
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MJ Vaughan is trying to be the new Boycott, the Piers Morgan of cricket. An outraged, attention-seeking opinion every week. We’re only really rotating bowlers, which makes sense given injury prone Archer & Stones, Broad & Jimmy getting on. Aussies rotated bowlers to go effect in the last Ashes.
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10/03/2021 13:13:56 1 0
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*Stone - typo
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10/03/2021 13:12:26 11 10
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MJ Vaughan is trying to be the new Boycott, the Piers Morgan of cricket. An outraged, attention-seeking opinion every week. We’re only really rotating bowlers, which makes sense given injury prone Archer & Stones, Broad & Jimmy getting on. Aussies rotated bowlers to go effect in the last Ashes.
Shut the fk up. Removed
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10/03/2021 13:12:26 11 10
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MJ Vaughan is trying to be the new Boycott, the Piers Morgan of cricket. An outraged, attention-seeking opinion every week. We’re only really rotating bowlers, which makes sense given injury prone Archer & Stones, Broad & Jimmy getting on. Aussies rotated bowlers to go effect in the last Ashes.
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10/03/2021 13:14:42 4 2
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Mr Lillee and Mr Marsh, we think you are a bit tired so you won't be taking on the Poms in the next match. Hope that is OK.
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10/03/2021 13:23:04 2 0
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The Aussies literally rotated their bowlers in the last Ashes...
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10/03/2021 13:23:40 4 0
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Mr lillee Mr Marsh kerry packer here ????come and play for me and not the national side
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10/03/2021 13:14:43 7 13
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Vaughn - dinosaur as a player, dinosaur as a critic!
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10/03/2021 13:28:33 2 1
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born in Lancashire but claims to be a Yorkshireman. The worst kind of traitor
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Tim
10/03/2021 14:45:49 0 0
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Well, you're half right, he is a dreadful pundit, but you're either too young to remember him as a player or you have no idea what you're talking about.
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10/03/2021 13:07:45 19 26
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I know Micheal Vaughan is paid to be a commentator and perhaps say controversial things to get people going. However he never played, or captained, during a pandemic. So I suggest he thinks a bit more about players mental health and the circumstances they are playing a living before coming out with such statements. Quite simply,test cricket won't be dead if players are rotated.
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10/03/2021 13:14:58 9 0
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I agree it is difficult during the pandemic BUT this has not stopped many England players from signing up to the IPL, sadly money talks.
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10/03/2021 13:11:12 48 10
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Sadly, I think the days are already numbered for Test Cricket, with the mass market appeal of the crash bang wallop limited overs formats, being pushed more and more.
Purists will always love the five day game, but there aren’t enough of us and modern sports fans just aren’t interested in anything that takes up more than a few hours.
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10/03/2021 13:15:37 9 56
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I enjoy test match, but to call it purist and others not, is poor. Football played for one day will become different and that's what different duration format of cricket has done.....they are no less cricket.....CRICKET IS CRICKET!
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10/03/2021 13:53:41 7 3
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Apart from T20
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10/03/2021 13:58:28 7 4
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drivel
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10/03/2021 14:17:09 12 4
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You're just wrong on that one I'm afraid. The skill sets required in Test cricket, and the complex factors which can influence a game, are far more varied than those in one-day cricket
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10/03/2021 14:22:24 13 4
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T20 is just slogging. A lot of noise for people with a short attention span.
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10/03/2021 15:55:35 1 0
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Cricket means cricket
To paraphrase
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10/03/2021 16:30:56 0 1
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Absolute nonsense"
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10/03/2021 19:05:44 2 4
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Agree, cricket is multi-format and has been for a long time. Traditionalists may get upset but it has been that way for many decades the shorter forms get the larger audiences
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ET
10/03/2021 19:40:21 3 2
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Absolute nonsense I’m afraid. You can win a one day game without taking a wicket. You can’t win a test without taking 20 (unless there’s a foolish captain about).
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11/03/2021 15:59:12 0 0
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Batting/bowling for a long time in the same game, over 5 days, takes real character and judgement - a test of something more than hand to eye co-ordination. Also strategically challenging, and full of momentum shifts and changes to conditions. The pitch gradually changes. All must be read and interpreted correctly.
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11/03/2021 23:36:29 0 0
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Each format requires different attitudes and skills those required for test cricket are no longer a priority as county matches are no longer important for developing young talent.
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10/03/2021 13:16:09 18 4
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I can't understand why people are always criticizing players for playing the IPL to earn money. The life of a player is very fickle, hundreds of players are discarded just like that, so what is wrong if someone wants to make money while he still can. David Willey worked had every match for the national team and even left IPL half way to be not included in the WC squad. how is that fair?
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10/03/2021 14:13:11 3 3
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the question may be why are the same players tha left the red ball tour in India going back for the white ball? couldn't they have missed that for their rest and used the IPL to "practise" ahead of the T20 WC?
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10/03/2021 18:31:10 1 0
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I think the issue this year is that players have been rested during a test series, only then to be able to go to the IPL and not ask to be rested during the IPL, when they are in the same country (India) as the test series and away from their families for six weeks.
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10/03/2021 13:06:14 7 25
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Vaughan is such a clown
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10/03/2021 13:16:30 3 5
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I am sorry to disagree with you but clowns are useful and Vaughn isn’t.
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10/03/2021 13:12:44 13 5
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Mental health, mental health - these are highly paid sportsmen with physiologists on call.
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10/03/2021 13:16:41 5 2
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What an apt name you have...
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10/03/2021 13:17:07 16 3
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Vaughan is absolutely right. The thought of not playing our consistently best team in any test series, let alone the Ashes, is ridiculous. Who ever conceived this policy needs removing immediately! International sport requires the highest standards and most competitive team to turn up on every occasion.
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10/03/2021 13:17:23 52 5
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The truth does not cease to be true just because Michael Vaughan quotes it.
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10/03/2021 13:17:30 7 5
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Michael Vaughan becoming obsessed with this- been going on about it for weeks on his podcasts: ok, now your opinion, now move on. Test match cricket isn’t boring- you are !
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Who asks this idiot in the first place, please stop. Removed
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10/03/2021 13:07:45 19 26
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I know Micheal Vaughan is paid to be a commentator and perhaps say controversial things to get people going. However he never played, or captained, during a pandemic. So I suggest he thinks a bit more about players mental health and the circumstances they are playing a living before coming out with such statements. Quite simply,test cricket won't be dead if players are rotated.
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10/03/2021 13:18:04 1 2
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The pandemic will be over by the time the Ashes series starts
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10/03/2021 13:18:40 11 4
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Can't believe the overreaction to Silverwood's comments.

All he said was rotation is something they might have to look at but the priority will still be the Ashes series. That to me says he's talking purely if anyone is mentally fatigued and struggling, so we avoid a repeat of 13/14.

Also add the Aussies rotated their bowlers in 19 to good success, no reason it can't work if it's done right.
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10/03/2021 13:18:54 6 1
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It's a tough one. I understand England's policy and can't really disagree with it but as a fan I want to see England competing against the best in the world and to do that consistently they need to pick their best team...
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10/03/2021 13:19:02 151 13
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I've brought tickets for my son and me to watch England V New Zealand at Edgbaston, if at the time I knew they were rotating squads I would not have gone. My lad wants to watch his hero's not a second eleven. Test cricket is the pinnacle and should be played by the best team. I thought central contracts were brought in to rest players. Terrible decision by ECB
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10/03/2021 13:44:31 56 2
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Yes, there comes a point when, as a cricket fan, it starts to feel as if the ECB /management isn't really taking some games or tours seriously. Older readers might recall or have read about the days when MCC used to send out weakened teams to some of the colonies. All well and good, except that I wonder why they expect me to be interested, let alone pay money to see it.
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10/03/2021 15:05:42 6 0
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Same here. I'm travelling 200 miles each way for Day One.

Will my seat still be available owing to Covid ?
Will England play their best team ?
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10/03/2021 17:25:43 0 3
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Would you feel just as cheated if Anderson or Archer pulled up injured on day 1 because they had been playing back to back tests? That has happened to Anderson before and Archer is beginning to look very injury prone. Back to back tests are the root cause (sorry about the pun) of all this, and in turn the amount of short form cricket is the cause of that - rotation is the result not the cause.
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10/03/2021 17:34:06 4 0
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Don't worry - NZ are a quality side - plenty of top level players. England will need their best eleven to compete
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10/03/2021 17:59:27 1 0
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One hundred per cent accurate, sadly.
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ET
10/03/2021 19:31:47 2 0
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I feel for you. I’ve been disappointed over and over again. I forked out big money to watch India at Edgbaston a while ago. SAC batted all day against medium pacers. Not exactly the stuff of dreams.
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10/03/2021 22:25:18 1 3
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EXAMPLE 1 HEADINGLEY DONT PICK A YORKSHIREMAN AND THE WESTERN TERRACE WOULD BE EMPTY
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10/03/2021 13:19:25 3 3
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Bin the rotation its not working, we don't have enough quality to try it. Pick your best 11 and play them when fit
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10/03/2021 13:19:29 4 1
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As I've said I've seen this sort of overreaction b4 during the packer yrs ashes didn't stop test cricket survived!!!
Rotation won't kill test cricket but it needs to be part of the overall cricket picture.
All boards are no longer prioritising tests over other forms and icc wc especially
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10/03/2021 18:21:20 0 0
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I agree, Wolf.
If cricket survived the Packer saga, it will survive Rotation too.
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10/03/2021 13:19:59 131 8
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Completely agree with Vaughan. We should be picking our best team to play test match cricket. This will mean resting people from time to time given how concentrated series are these days without rest days. So some rotation but not the wholesale changes seen this winter and all decisions premeditated before you see how players are performing.
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10/03/2021 14:11:39 25 87
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Totally disagree. England would have lost in India, rotation or no rotation. Too much has been made of rotation which is a bit of an insult to India.

In recent years we've had some excellent test series played around the World, from Eng. v. India- 4-1 to England but an excellent contest to India v. Aus. which was on another level and had viewer and listener from all over the World.+ now the WTC
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LH
10/03/2021 14:29:33 7 3
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Rotation is a 'woke' concept, intended to improve players' mental health, in this day and age, don't you know!!!!!!
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10/03/2021 13:12:44 13 5
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Mental health, mental health - these are highly paid sportsmen with physiologists on call.
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10/03/2021 13:20:42 2 3
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Yes, but living in bubbles for weeks/ months on end, many have young families at home... it’s not all about money
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ben
10/03/2021 13:20:48 2 0
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The India series was pretty bad for test cricket. Players playing so many more games now though, resting is needed
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10/03/2021 13:21:33 2 0
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I feel like Silverwood is just trolling Vaughn at this point.
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10/03/2021 13:12:44 13 5
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Mental health, mental health - these are highly paid sportsmen with physiologists on call.
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10/03/2021 13:22:07 7 4
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Being well paid doesn't remove the conditions that can affect a person's mental health, and nor do 'physiologists', unfortunately. Human beings are a little bit more complicated than that.
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PV
10/03/2021 13:22:11 28 1
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Surely they won't need to rotate or rest if tests are only lasting 2-3 days !
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10/03/2021 19:41:35 6 0
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And that is the real problem. If pitches are prepared to massively favour the home team you don't get 5 day matches. English green tops and Indian sandpits equally bad. I only watched the first match which was a cracker. The others were a farce
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10/03/2021 13:22:19 33 4
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I understand the rotation policy but then the ECB should have looked to minimise the schedule this year. Playing two tests against NZ is a big deal and maybe they should've delayed that for 2022 summer. Also playing 5 tests against India so soon after this recent tour is a bit silly I feel
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LH
10/03/2021 14:40:48 10 0
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Playing ONLY Test Cricket is the problem! No other cricket has taken place for a while ... no warm-up matches, for example!!
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10/03/2021 14:45:16 1 1
bbc
Yes the scheduling is ridiculous. NZ should be a 3 match series and yes it is boring playing another 5 matches against India.
793
11/03/2021 22:32:32 0 0
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££££££££££££££££££££££££££
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10/03/2021 13:22:28 112 8
bbc
Thank god professionals are speaking up about this silly rotation system, and not just cricket fans like me.

Pick your strongest squad for at least a series, if not a season, play your strongest 11 every match. That really is the essence of professional elite sport. The taking part angle and mollycoddling between each match does not really cut it with me.
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LH
10/03/2021 14:30:42 46 13
bbc
Oh, NO! You can't have players being dropped because they aren't good enough, think of the damage to their mental health!!!!
365
10/03/2021 16:33:40 1 3
bbc
To add some context Muzza, the last (and only) time England went throughout a 5 Test Ashes series without changing their 11 was 1884/85. Australia have also only done this once - 2013/14. And it's only happened another 2 times in the history of Test cricket. So 'Rotation' is not new. It's just a new buzz word that gets everyone hot under the collar which Vaughan (unsurprisingly) has jumped on.
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10/03/2021 13:22:38 20 6
bbc
Surely the real issue here is not the rotation policy, but the excessive number of tests scheduled in the year.
17
10/03/2021 13:14:42 4 2
bbc
Mr Lillee and Mr Marsh, we think you are a bit tired so you won't be taking on the Poms in the next match. Hope that is OK.
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10/03/2021 13:23:04 2 0
bbc
The Aussies literally rotated their bowlers in the last Ashes...
17
10/03/2021 13:14:42 4 2
bbc
Mr Lillee and Mr Marsh, we think you are a bit tired so you won't be taking on the Poms in the next match. Hope that is OK.
44
10/03/2021 13:23:40 4 0
bbc
Mr lillee Mr Marsh kerry packer here ????come and play for me and not the national side
45
10/03/2021 13:25:24 14 3
bbc
?? agree with MV best team for every test in the 5 match series ..
46
10/03/2021 13:25:36 1 2
bbc
Is rotation just a euphemism for "horses for courses" and dropping combined

Eng management are usually shockingly rubbish but I suspect there won't be much rotation if England win and lots if they lose

Of course this is the opposite to what you should do - it's actually more successful to adjust a winning team than pretend you should "never change it"

It helps the players grow up too
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10/03/2021 13:26:09 86 3
bbc
You can take a test squad down under and change players when/if necessary. What you can't do is have players flying back and forth to see family or walk the dog, playing the odd test here and there. That's what Vaughan is on about and he's bang on. Sort the test squad out before the Ashes, not while it's going on. Test cricket can survive if Silverwood and Smith don't mess it up.
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10/03/2021 13:44:15 38 2
bbc
exactly this. Rotation is an odd word to use for what England are doing at the moment - its not like rotation in a football squad of 22 which is commonplace for injuries, workload etc... What ENG are doing might be better described as "mental health breaks" from bubble life, which by all accounts is pretty tough.

Should be no need for this in the Ashes though, get the rest in beforehand.
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LH
10/03/2021 14:34:27 0 3
bbc
Oh, dear!! You have absolutely NO FEELING about the 'modern concept' of mental health, have you??!!!!!
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10/03/2021 14:53:37 3 1
bbc
It's not just 'walking the dog' or seeing the family, though is it? Life inside a professional sporting bubble, especially in far flung countries, has never ever happened like this before, whereupon isolation away from everyone and everything is mandatory. This WILL affect your mental resolve, and it's apparent that some players mental health is clearly not as good as others.
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10/03/2021 13:26:37 2 3
bbc
England's hopes are dead on arrival. And don't worry, its not because of rotation, its because of a lack of talent at the sport of test cricket

They ain't got the minerals for it
49
10/03/2021 13:27:02 3 4
bbc
This is probably the first time I have ever agreed with anything that Vaughan says.
50
10/03/2021 13:27:09 2 3
bbc
With the popularity of shorter-form cricket, test cricket is already half-dead. C4 must be regretting their decision to bid for IND v ENG tests!
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10/03/2021 13:27:19 4 6
bbc
Ashes test cricket is not the be all and end all of cricket.

Every test match is important not just the Ashes.

the rotation policy is an issue regardless of who the opposition are.

A bigger issue is the very slow over-rate especially by England, that is killing the game
13
10/03/2021 13:13:30 216 14
bbc
Rotation in the Ashes - its an insult to the history and tradition of the Series, an insult to the opponents and an insult to England's legion of test cricket supporters, who are the best in the World by the way
52
10/03/2021 13:27:24 147 12
bbc
So also an insult to India then as rotation just happened there?
69
10/03/2021 13:31:24 14 0
bbc
yes
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10/03/2021 13:33:54 26 1
bbc
Yes.
IMO the test team should always be selected on the best available 11 players, not some pre-determined rotation process.
The only poss exception may be when Eng are playing a weaker test nation and some fringe players are given a chance.
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LH
10/03/2021 14:26:02 1 0
bbc
I think India did some rotation, too!!
300
10/03/2021 15:40:42 10 1
bbc
India is not England's biggest rival as England is not India's biggest rival but Australia v England or India v Pakistan all 4 teams should without question in these fixtures should play their best 11
424
10/03/2021 17:15:46 1 0
bbc
Yes, because it devalues India's win.
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ET
10/03/2021 19:29:59 0 0
bbc
Hardly the same thing.
Losing in India happens to everyone.
Plus given the circumstances, most people aren’t that bothered.
591
10/03/2021 21:38:01 0 0
bbc
Yes. Absolutely. And as an England supporter I apologise that India’s fine team were not tested by England’s best test team. Shocking in my view.
739
11/03/2021 15:05:55 0 0
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Yes. If we save people for particular matches, we are insulting the people we play today. Objective is to win every game, or why bother? If someone really needs a rest, then rest him. Don't rotate him on the basis that everyone needs a rest some time. In the old days, people didn't want to rest in case their replacement did better than they did, so perhaps there is too much cricket today?
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Tom
11/03/2021 15:37:49 0 0
bbc
yes
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10/03/2021 13:28:05 67 2
bbc
Test Cricket is king. Everytime I have my doubts something comes along like the recent Aus v Ind series to keep it in the spotlight and at the top of the game. I would rather pay to watch test cricket than any other format.

But then I'm 46 yrs old. I'm not convinced the next generation of cricket fans feel the same.
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LH
10/03/2021 14:36:46 37 2
bbc
There is UNLIKELY to be a "next generation", as, if one only has Freeview, then one hardly gets to see Cricket on TV!!!
445
10/03/2021 17:30:08 4 2
bbc
You mean the generation that believes Meghan Markle.
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ET
10/03/2021 19:37:58 6 0
bbc
You could be the last generation.
The ECB has presided over a cataclysmic collapse in club cricket. In 1995 I played in a County league of 5 divisions of 12 teams. Every club had to have a 2nd XI. Plenty had 3rd XIs.
Now, there’s 2 divisions. Virtually no 2nd XI. Most of this has coincided with ppv and almost a wiping out of cricket in state schools apart from 10 over bashes.
No one’s listening.
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10/03/2021 13:28:10 4 2
bbc
Not compulsory to play. Chosen career. Number of matches geared to maximise funds which pay players wages. Not exactly an exhausting sport. Get on with and stop whining.
18
10/03/2021 13:14:43 7 13
bbc
Vaughn - dinosaur as a player, dinosaur as a critic!
55
10/03/2021 13:28:33 2 1
bbc
born in Lancashire but claims to be a Yorkshireman. The worst kind of traitor
56
10/03/2021 13:28:36 2 2
bbc
Money comes first, their country second.
57
10/03/2021 13:29:16 2 3
bbc
Didn’t see many on here complaining about rotation in India series. Ashes is different though right?
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10/03/2021 13:37:36 1 1
bbc
I think people were complaining about rotation during the India series. What has not often been picked up on, is that defeat in this Test series ruled England out of the inaugural World Test Championship final as we have been. The goal should be to win every Test series, not just those against a declining Australia.
499
10/03/2021 18:37:05 0 0
bbc
yes correct, do you have a problem with that ?
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ken
10/03/2021 13:29:17 5 3
bbc
Whilst most agree that you should field best team, but living in a bubble for months on end not good for mental health, Vaughan has been proven wrong on a number of comments in the past. He just likes the sound of his own voice
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10/03/2021 13:12:44 13 5
bbc
Mental health, mental health - these are highly paid sportsmen with physiologists on call.
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10/03/2021 13:29:34 4 3
bbc
The very fact that you think a physiologist is a mental health expert means your opinion is irrelevant.

But you should also know that no doctor can prescribe some painkiller-equivalent treatment that fixes mental health issues for the remainder of the tour. If a player on tour is struggling and speaks to a psychologist/psychiatrist, the first thing they'll advise is taking a break.
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10/03/2021 13:29:36 4 3
bbc
At last something the Mr Vaughan says with which I can agree. He might be a poor commentator but at least he was a great cricketer. Mr Silverwood is a poor coach on top of being an undistinguished cricketer. Time for a change of approach and personnel I think.
61
10/03/2021 13:29:46 4 3
bbc
If we ignore yet another Michael Vaughan headline and look at the issue of the future of test cricket I would say we need to concentrate on quality over quantity. Fewer tests, shorter tours. If a test match doesn't mean anything to the players what's the point?
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10/03/2021 13:29:52 4 0
bbc
I thought the resting of players was due to Covid-19. Being in a bubble for a long time creates problems. Time is required to be with family and away from your colleagues. I thought that the bowlers would have been told which tests they were playing in.
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AA
10/03/2021 14:07:41 2 0
bbc
I thought so too. A lot of these lads have young kids and it was - rightly - understood that in these times they would be needed at home, especially without the help from relatives you might be able to get normally. A five week break from home schooling to play cricket instead would have been a dream for most of us dads, but our clothes would be in binbags by the time we came back.
3
10/03/2021 13:07:45 19 26
bbc
I know Micheal Vaughan is paid to be a commentator and perhaps say controversial things to get people going. However he never played, or captained, during a pandemic. So I suggest he thinks a bit more about players mental health and the circumstances they are playing a living before coming out with such statements. Quite simply,test cricket won't be dead if players are rotated.
63
10/03/2021 13:29:53 6 0
bbc
Fair points made, but the bio bubbles are no worse than the months at sea made for the Ashes in 30s etc. Resting players to prevent injury/stress makes sense, but giving them extra time off to deal with what the common person has to deal with is not really going to end with good results against a strong aussie bowling team. Good to read so many fair opinions on both sides on messages btw,
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10/03/2021 13:30:04 8 1
bbc
I often disagree with Vaughan, he has a tendency to be reactionary, but in this instance he's right. Test cricket will diminish into a lower priority form of the game if England willingly choose not to play their best, settled team over an individual series. Otherwise they may as well raise the white flag right now for the Ashes later this year.
369
10/03/2021 16:36:03 0 0
bbc
Test cricket is already lower priority for most countries. The crowds show it!
65
10/03/2021 13:30:19 6 6
bbc
Can Michael Vaughan be rested?
The players are having to exist in bubbles, rotation will ease the mental burden. We live in unique times and having any international sport is a blessing, even if it is not quite the same as normal.
66
10/03/2021 13:30:48 48 4
bbc
Sadly red ball cricket is no longer a priority. In the past anyone struggling in Test matches went back to their county to regain their form. Take Jonny Bairstow as an example. His recent Test match batting form has been awful and yet he has only played 9 county matches for Yorkshire since 2016 - 4 matches in 2016, 2 in 2017, 3 in 2018 and zero in 2019.
140
10/03/2021 14:08:02 28 19
bbc
He's over rated, always has been.
If he'd played for Gloucester he'd never played a test
160
10/03/2021 14:13:15 6 1
bbc
Quite right. And with the domestic set up as it is at the moment batsmen wouldnt be able to get back in form anyway as there is very little first class cricket played at the height of the summer.
641
11/03/2021 06:52:33 0 0
bbc
Those figures are shocking and sum up the whole problem.
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ET
11/03/2021 10:25:12 0 0
bbc
The problem isn’t that simple. Getting out lbw or bowled first or second ball, the format is irrelevant. It’s in his head.
67
10/03/2021 13:30:50 5 2
bbc
Vaughan is paid to have an opinion on everything and fair enough, but does he mean play his idea of the strongest 11 or the selectors? I think that I know the answer to that!
68
10/03/2021 13:30:51 2 5
bbc
We will get smoked in the ashes at this rate anyway, so I don't think it matters too much.
52
10/03/2021 13:27:24 147 12
bbc
So also an insult to India then as rotation just happened there?
69
10/03/2021 13:31:24 14 0
bbc
yes
70
10/03/2021 13:31:43 13 11
bbc
Another over reaction from Vaughan. He’s like the Piers Morgan of cricket commentators.
89
10/03/2021 13:41:14 8 1
bbc
And just like you have posted your opinion here, both Vaughan and Morgan are entitled to theirs. Vaughan is right, The Ashes are the pinnacle of the Cricket calendar. If players don't want to play, they can stay at home and watch.
9
10/03/2021 13:11:56 431 14
bbc
Best outcome would be to scrap the hundred, that would free up a month for proper cricket.
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10/03/2021 13:32:37 136 8
bbc
Keep rotating the squad & people will stop watching and the money will dry up.. and without money Test cricket won't survive. Test cricket needs the very best team available out on the pitch.. and with central contracts their is no excuse for it not to happen. T20 & the hundred are often excuses for Test crickets real problems.. supporters of red ball cricket happy to take the money and complain.
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10/03/2021 14:10:54 17 17
bbc
Totally disagree. England would have lost in India, rotation or no rotation. Too much has been made of rotation which is a bit of an insult to India.

In recent years we've had some excellent test series played around the World, from Eng. v. India- 4-1 to England but an excellent contest to India v. Aus. which was on another level and had viewer and listener from all over the World.+ now the WTC
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10/03/2021 13:32:38 31 5
bbc
They dont need rotating they need to play cricket the game they get paid to play .We need to have the very best 11 going out to play for England every test .You cant have a press conference at the start of a series and say well we hope to win half the games as we will be playing a watered down side in three of the tests Please England please put our best 11 out always
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LH
10/03/2021 14:45:20 13 6
bbc
And, paid HANDSOMELY ... to travel the World, while we stay locked up at home!!!!! I would have LOVED the opportunity to lay Test Cricket!!!
559
10/03/2021 20:07:33 0 0
bbc
Totally agree with you.
73
10/03/2021 13:33:21 12 1
bbc
Unlike football, where the highest quality is the club game, the best cricket is in tests. Therefore the players should always be available to play in tests and the other competitions should be organised around that.
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10/03/2021 13:33:44 7 5
bbc
The rotation policy was originally brought in to extend the playing careers of Anderson & Broad. Then living in isolation due to covid, extended the policy to the whole squad. The fact that players are 'not too tired' to partake in the IPL, says it all really, & explains why the test team is being treated shoddily by Silverwood et al. Players should have to choose; IPL or test team, but not both.
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10/03/2021 14:11:14 0 1
bbc
If they choose to play in the IPL, which can be seen as understandable due to the money involved for the player, there income from the ECB should be reduced proportionally to the time they subsequently aren't available to play for England - whether it be Tests, ODIs or 20/20s but especially in the case of Tests as we are short of quality batsmen in that team - not so much as regards the others.
52
10/03/2021 13:27:24 147 12
bbc
So also an insult to India then as rotation just happened there?
75
10/03/2021 13:33:54 26 1
bbc
Yes.
IMO the test team should always be selected on the best available 11 players, not some pre-determined rotation process.
The only poss exception may be when Eng are playing a weaker test nation and some fringe players are given a chance.
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LH
10/03/2021 14:26:35 2 0
bbc
Do you mean by "available", those that are NOT playing IPL???
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10/03/2021 13:34:04 1 5
bbc
For goodness sake calm down Vaughan. Always such contrived drama. I know he is paid to generate it but less drama more insight would be welcome. I’m surprised he susrvuves a single day. There must be another former cricketer who could do better.
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RSO
10/03/2021 13:34:20 6 9
bbc
Just a tad melodramatic vaughan
78
10/03/2021 13:34:29 5 5
bbc
I've said it time and time again, central contracts were the worst thing to ever happen.
79
10/03/2021 13:34:38 3 0
bbc
The irony re resting players is that currently there is no 'best team' - only Joe Root and Ben Stokes are inked in - the other 9 places are continually up for grabs.
80
10/03/2021 13:36:46 3 4
bbc
My question to Michael Vaughan would be, "Who, or what is our best Test team".
Nowadays players can play different formats and actually it is their shout as to where and when they play. If someone is not available to play Test cricket, fine it gives others a chance. Only Root, Anderson and Broad are Test cricket standard, none of the others would be missed, including Stokes (check his averages).
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10/03/2021 13:37:01 32 5
bbc
Vaughan talks plainly and directly, sometimes in my opinion too critically. But he has a very valid point.
I am of the opinion that Test Cricket is "Pinnacle Cricket", the top of the tree. England do not seem to view it like that. It is frustrating for fans like myself and Mr Vaughan to see players rested, especially when those same players will play IPL/T20s at will.
We will lose the Ashes...
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10/03/2021 14:29:17 3 1
bbc
At least we'll have a ready-made excuse.
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LH
10/03/2021 14:46:46 0 0
bbc
"We will lose the Ashes ..."!
And, can I have your Lottery Numbers for the next draw, too, please!!!
57
10/03/2021 13:29:16 2 3
bbc
Didn’t see many on here complaining about rotation in India series. Ashes is different though right?
82
10/03/2021 13:37:36 1 1
bbc
I think people were complaining about rotation during the India series. What has not often been picked up on, is that defeat in this Test series ruled England out of the inaugural World Test Championship final as we have been. The goal should be to win every Test series, not just those against a declining Australia.
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SLR
10/03/2021 13:37:36 29 7
bbc
Whichever noodle had suggested this rotation policy for test matches needs to be immediately sacked and exiled. You don't do it with so little cricket on offer. Matchtime is what allows for the great players to become who they are. Drop the ones not performing, but don't rotate.
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10/03/2021 13:52:00 16 15
bbc
Or maybe they're trying to protect player's mental health after having to be in a constant bubble? Face it, test cricket is not the priority anymore, and players are keen to play other forms too. Trescothick and Trott had mental health problems from touring, think what its like now. Has Joe Root even left a hotel the last six months?
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10/03/2021 18:11:44 0 0
bbc
Trouble with dropping those test players not performing is that England would be playing with about 4 men, if that!
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ET
10/03/2021 19:42:15 0 0
bbc
To take a golfing analogy: the more I practise, the luckier I seem to get.
A few hits in the net is hardly good preparation for a 5 hour+ innings
84
10/03/2021 13:37:37 3 3
bbc
Players need IPL for financial reason. Play Tests against lower ranking teams early in the season and blood youngsters mixed with experienced none IPL players. Vaughan's spot on.
85
10/03/2021 13:39:06 5 3
bbc
Michael, if a country can produce supposed test wickets that fall apart in 2 days in favour of its own bowlers, and no one dares criticise them for it, then I would argue Test Cricket is dead already is it not??
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10/03/2021 13:40:14 2 1
bbc
IPL will be in the long distance by the ashes, there my be team changes (tremlett and bresnan coming into the 2010/11 didn't do any harm!!) - but they should be on form/pitches etc - I doubt anderson/archer or wood could play 5 consecutive tests and may need resting at times in that series
87
10/03/2021 13:40:20 2 9
bbc
India C team won in australia. If you have the skills and the desire, you can win. Say this point Vaughan had been wrong mor times than I can count. He said, win the toss and you won in India. What a joke this man has become. Stick to memes on instagram.
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Kat
10/03/2021 13:40:56 0 10
bbc
If Vaughan really thinks this, I trust that he won't take licence-fee payers' money and won't be part of the TMS team next winter. And we all know the answer to that.
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10/03/2021 13:31:43 13 11
bbc
Another over reaction from Vaughan. He’s like the Piers Morgan of cricket commentators.
89
10/03/2021 13:41:14 8 1
bbc
And just like you have posted your opinion here, both Vaughan and Morgan are entitled to theirs. Vaughan is right, The Ashes are the pinnacle of the Cricket calendar. If players don't want to play, they can stay at home and watch.
90
10/03/2021 13:41:23 18 2
bbc
These HYS threads are more often dispiriting than not. I don’t always agree with MV, but he was a first class cricketer of repute and an Ashes winning captain. So he has walked the walk and deserves far more than blind and mindless abuse.

For his generation (and mine), the Ashes are the summit of the game and deserving of protection. Though whether that sentiment will survive, remains to be seen.
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10/03/2021 13:50:35 12 2
bbc
I think we need to separate Vaughan the player / captain and Vaughan the pundit. As a player and captain I had the utmost respect for him, but as a pundit I'm afraid he resorts to click bait sensationalism.
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10/03/2021 14:24:17 5 0
bbc
I completely understand that there is a great rivalry in the Ashes and Eng want to win them back but even after Eng win them, why is the focus always on the next Ashes. Surely there are tougher challenges out there i.e. Beating India in India and beating NZ who are number one right now. Essentially it just becomes a 2 team sport for most Eng fans where non-ashes series wins are just bonuses?
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10/03/2021 14:38:01 3 0
bbc
Why is the Ashes the pinnacle of cricket? Neither team is in the top 2 test teams. The series obviously make lots of money for the 2 cricketing boards but they are not currently the pinnacle of cricket whatever the history.
91
10/03/2021 13:41:57 2 2
bbc
As is the case in India our policy of not playing our best team is a show of disrespect to the opposition. We do not take them seriously. I know these are strange says but these guys are supposed to be elite athletes ... far from it when they need to be rested so much. Losing interest in the current England set up. I hope Joe Root feels embarrassed by this course of action. Excuses, excuses!
92
10/03/2021 13:42:31 5 3
bbc
Agree with Vaughan.

Surely got to play your best team in the Ashes at all times unless the series is dead?
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10/03/2021 13:26:09 86 3
bbc
You can take a test squad down under and change players when/if necessary. What you can't do is have players flying back and forth to see family or walk the dog, playing the odd test here and there. That's what Vaughan is on about and he's bang on. Sort the test squad out before the Ashes, not while it's going on. Test cricket can survive if Silverwood and Smith don't mess it up.
93
10/03/2021 13:44:15 38 2
bbc
exactly this. Rotation is an odd word to use for what England are doing at the moment - its not like rotation in a football squad of 22 which is commonplace for injuries, workload etc... What ENG are doing might be better described as "mental health breaks" from bubble life, which by all accounts is pretty tough.

Should be no need for this in the Ashes though, get the rest in beforehand.
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LH
10/03/2021 14:35:25 2 3
bbc
Playing cricket for a living! "pretty tough"??? I would have LOVED the opportunity to play Test Cricket!!!
403
10/03/2021 16:59:43 0 0
bbc
If they rest too much then there will be fewer games and less money coming in. Remember it is not the playing of the game that matters but how many games are played.
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11/03/2021 23:28:25 0 0
bbc
Not so tough if you can spend weeks playing in the IPL. Tough is being away from your family for months on end serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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10/03/2021 13:19:02 151 13
bbc
I've brought tickets for my son and me to watch England V New Zealand at Edgbaston, if at the time I knew they were rotating squads I would not have gone. My lad wants to watch his hero's not a second eleven. Test cricket is the pinnacle and should be played by the best team. I thought central contracts were brought in to rest players. Terrible decision by ECB
94
10/03/2021 13:44:31 56 2
bbc
Yes, there comes a point when, as a cricket fan, it starts to feel as if the ECB /management isn't really taking some games or tours seriously. Older readers might recall or have read about the days when MCC used to send out weakened teams to some of the colonies. All well and good, except that I wonder why they expect me to be interested, let alone pay money to see it.
95
10/03/2021 13:45:24 2 3
bbc
100% correct.
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10/03/2021 13:45:24 3 2
bbc
Test cricket is only number one in England, hence why England play more tests than anywhere else. No other country has full grounds for tests.

England still have to play white ball as thats what brings in the money abroad. So those saying no to tests if rotation occurs (which it will have to if we play more cricket than anyone else) will be accelerating the end of test cricket.
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10/03/2021 13:51:29 0 0
bbc
Not saying I agree with rotation and playing a weaker squad, and wasnt done well in India, but it will have to feature at some point in a crowded calendar. Cant tell players to avoid franchise cricket either or you end up like WI.

As soon as test cricket becomes unprofitable for the big 3 then it really is dead. So I dont think turning away from it for going down the rotation road solves anything
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10/03/2021 13:46:25 6 2
bbc
I do not agree all that often with mr Vaughan but on this occasion he is correct.
98
10/03/2021 13:46:37 4 3
bbc
Sorry but I’m getting really sick of Vaughan’s ridiculous hyperbolic statements. I know he gets paid to have an opinion but his opinions are far too often devoid of any facts or evidence. Here’s my opinion, Vaughan is damaging his own legacy with these non-sensical diatribes which are always focused on negative view points. (This opinion is as meaningless as his).
Give it a rest Michael.
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10/03/2021 13:47:55 5 5
bbc
The people we trust to look after and nurture the Test team are letting us down. They think the job is to make sure cricketers can play IPL as well as represent their country. No point trying to tell them they've got this wrong. Just replace them by people who understand the test matches come first- and more 5 match series please. Oh and ditch Moeen for going home to rest up for IPL.
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10/03/2021 13:48:31 2 6
bbc
It staggers me that Vaughan was the england captain. His comments on the rotation policy in the midst of the global pandemic absolutely stagger me and make him seem like a dinosaur. After he captained Trescothick who had a mental health breakdown and Trott had his problems with depression, and he is questioning rotation for mental health?