Ashes 2023: “There’s Not A Test Played In August” – Ian Chappell Calls The Ashes Schedule Ridiculous

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Former Australian captain Ian Chappell lashed out at Ashes administrators for this year’s busy schedule. Ian Chappell believes it will be difficult for the fast bowlers to be part of all five Test matches in the coming summer due to the hectic schedule.

England and Australia will compete in the five-match series of red ball cricket, with the first Test scheduled to start on June 16 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The fifth and final match of the series will take place at London’s Kennington Oval between July 27 and 31.

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In an interview with Wide World of Sports’ Outside the Rope, Ian Chappell said it would be a nightmare for players on both sides. Chappell believes the Australian team have an added advantage with quality back-up players.

“It’s ridiculous, the schedule, I mean, the schedule has been ridiculous for a long time, but that’s just stupid. There is no Test played in August, so it tells you how fast they are playing them.” Chappell said.

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“It’s a nightmare for all the bowlers, both physically and mentally, particularly the fast bowlers and I don’t think there is any way in the world that either side would get through five Tests using the same bowlers all the time. I think the additional players will be useful and that is something that probably suits Australia.” added.

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I agree with Ian Chappell – Steve O’Keefe

Former Australia Test cricketer Steve O’Keefe agreed with Ian Chappell’s statement, noting that Mark Wood was exhausted after playing four Tests in the previous Ashes series. O’Keefe said Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon will play all five games.

“I’d like to think not, but I agree with Ian that the programming is pretty poor and it’s going to be a great question. Mark Wood played four tests in Australia and even said that he felt exhausted after playing that. I mean, I’m not sure why, some of those tests were over in three days, particularly the one in Hobart, so I’m not sure. sure what he was doing there. O’Keefe said.

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“I think the locks for Australia will be Cummins and Lyon, Cummins is going to be a big ask for him to play five, but I think he’s ready. Hearing his comment ahead of this Test series, he said I’d like to go in.” prepared (instead of) too prepared”, added.

The Ben Stokes-led team played Ireland at home in preparation for Ashes 2023. The Pat Cummins-led team is coming off a title win against India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final.

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