Australia in England 2012 June 14, 2012

Trott warns against Australia overkill

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Jonathan Trott feels the special tradition of Ashes matches will be diluted if contests between England and Australia continue to spill outside the regular tours.

Australia arrive in the UK tomorrow for a five-match ODI series with England, starting on June 29. Trott warned against scheduling series outside Ashes years to protect the England-Australia rivalry.

"It definitely needs looking after," Trott told the Evening Standard. "It mustn't be overdone. You want it to be special. England used to play Australia at home every four years, it was in the books and people had years to look forward to it. Now, they were here two years ago, they're here now and they're here again next summer."

Australia's last full Ashes tour was in 2009 but they played a five-match ODI series in 2010, which England won 3-2. The upcoming ODI series precedes the next Ashes tour by 12 months, meaning Australia will tour England four times in five seasons - something Trott feels could send a dangerous message to supporters.

"You don't want people to think: 'I'm not going this year because I know they're here next year'. Or next year, people not coming to the games because they saw England-Australia in 2012," Trott said. "People might wonder what the point is, or they might think it's too monotonous.

"The public can sniff these things out and they know when it's a little bit too much. We've seen what happened with the domestic Twenty20 competition, when they started throwing in tons of games and there was overkill. It was about right when there were only ten matches in the first round."

The scheduling of this ODI series is the first part of a bilateral arrangement between the ECB and Cricket Australia. England will tour Australia for an ODI series in January 2015 to warm-up for that year's World Cup, which is being staged in Australia and New Zealand in February and March - a move hoped to improve England's poor record at recent World Cups.

While Trott maintains concerns about too many Ashes meetings, he understands why the ECB have taken steps to boost England's World Cup hopes.

"With England, everything has been about the Ashes, whereas Australia and the rest of the world have a balance," Trott said. "It's like in football, where European teams would put the World Cup ahead of the European Championships. In the past, maybe England were like that with the Ashes and our World Cup.

"For England, it was always the Ashes, which we hadn't won for 20 years before 2005. The attention to the World Cup -- because we've now won the Ashes home and away -- will be greater, and the tournament will be put on a higher pedestal. We set ourselves a target of being the No. 1-ranked Test team, and we achieved that, so now we set ourselves up to be top of the one-day rankings, too."

England begin their ODI series against Australia on June 29 at Lord's, the tour concludes on July 10.

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  • Randolph on June 17, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    I still can't understand how South Africa has now become a part of the Ashes.

  • Christopher on June 17, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    I agree with Trott's observations.It must be evident that there is an inverse variation between consumption & desirability.A pinnacle retains its value by the effort & intelligence which must be expended in its attainment. When it becomes regular & common-place, its lustre dulls. The Ashes are not simply another contest between to cricketing nations. They are a celebration of the creation of Test cricket & the founding nations differences and similarities.They represent times & generations whose qualities gave identity&d inspired youth to be of comparable character.To some extent,the results are less relevent than honouring the ethic & history of the contest itself. That this is called into question should sound a warning to this,the 'me' generation,that intelligence & integrity are timeless & that to dilute either is to rob oneself of levels of character excellence whose values are universal,long after stumps have been drawn.The Ashes are a celebration of a worthy united history.

  • Jason on June 16, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @jonesy2, hmmm, thats why CA and all the Ex-players keep demanding that the little urn return with them to Australia when ever they win, not to mention the fact that they havent played an ashes series of less than 5 games EVEN when england where appauling in the 1995-2004 periods. Or why the Australian media tore strips off the Australian team during the last Ashes series.

  • david on June 15, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    ats78 ur joking. then why dont you play each other.

  • Bryn on June 15, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    he is right in saying that australia doesnt hold the ashes as high in regard to england because england isnt the toughest opponent australia play and australia has rivalries in other series' and an obligation to be the one to beat at global tournaments

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    @IamDan, he may be South African but he is correct in what he says!

  • Terry on June 15, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    I think that after the t20 World Cup is out of the way that a few more England players might retire from ODI's like KP. And mind-numbing series like this one will be to blame. A complete revamp of the international calendar is in order.

  • Atit on June 15, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    I Am Indian and I completely disagree with Trott's comments. Its like India playing Pakistan , its one of the greatest rivalry in Cricket (eng vs aus) bring it on mate. no one will ever get bored.

  • Bob on June 15, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @ Nadeem1976 on (June 14 2012, 16:54 PM GMT) I don't think you've quite grasped what the article is about here.. How on earth are England in ODI terms on a high moon or too much hyped and over rated (to use your terms) when they've never won the ODI World Cup and are currently rated 4th in the ICC Table.

  • John on June 15, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @IamDan on (June 15 2012, 10:13 AM GMT) Maybe because he played in the Ashes (I believe he made his debut scoring a ton) and realised by the crowd,intensity etc what it all meant?

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