Is cricket's greatest rivalry being devalued?
Stephen Brenkley, writing in the Independent, says that the decision to stage ten Ashes Tests next year could devalue one of the greatest sporting rivalries.
Part of the beauty of it has been the sense of anticipation each time they meet. Between July 2009 and February 2011 they met each other 34 times in all forms of the game and now here we go again. Thus is the greatest of all sporting rivalries being devalued by its frequency. On the other hand, it is an opportunity to have a sneak preview of some players who Australia intend to be their future.