Strauss desires tour schedules modified


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Perth, Feb 5 (AFP) England cricket captain Andrew Strausshas referred to as for one-day internationals to be performed earlier than Testmatches on future excursions.

Talking on the eve of his weary crew”s remaining match of amarathon Ashes tour that has lasted over three months, Strausssaid the seven-game one-day collection had taken a heavy toll onhis aspect, which has to regroup for the World Cup later thismonth.

The English path 5-1 within the ODI collection, with the finalmatch to be performed on the WACA Floor in Perth tomorrow.

They go into the sport with six gamers, together with fivemembers of their 15-man World Cup squad, unavailable due toinjury.

Strauss, who additionally believes the seven-match ODI collection istoo lengthy, stated he believed utilizing one-dayers as preparation forTest cricket was higher for each gamers and followers.

“Wherever potential I believe that”s a greater method of doingit,” he stated. “I”ve been concerned in lots of excursions the place theone-dayers on the finish have been onerous work.

“Not only for us however the different groups as nicely. In someways it”s fairly a great way to whet the urge for food for thefive-day matches developing.

“That”s one thing the directors can take a look at and Ithink it makes for higher cricket personally.”

Paul Collingwood (again), spinner Graeme Swann (again) andseamers Tim Bresnan (calf) and Ajmal Shahzad (hamstring) areall chosen for the World Cup however already again in England,whereas Stuart Broad is with the squad however not able to playafter struggling a abdomen pressure throughout the Ashes.

Regardless of their harm woes and fatigue, Strauss believeshis aspect can nonetheless use the ultimate ODI to construct momentum for thetournament.

“They (the accidents) are a little bit of a setback, however it lookslike the blokes are going to be match for the World Cup so in someways it could be a little bit of a blessing in disguise as a result of theywill be moderately contemporary,” he stated.

“I”m very optimistic concerning the World Cup regardless that it”sobviously disappointing that we haven”t executed as nicely in thisseries as we might have favored.

“We’re clearly very decided to win this final gameto attempt to end the tour on a excessive after which head (dwelling) for afew days off earlier than the World Cup, to go there feeling goodabout our prospects.” (AFP) SNK