Former Australian batsman and the current team selector Mark Waugh has expressed his anguish about the ongoing India-Australia series by saying that their away tour is a bit spread out and it’s not an ideal time to be away from home because the Ashes (When Australia play England) are around the corner. Stressing about the away series in India which started on September 17 with the teams’ first encounter when India beat Australia in the 5-match ODI series, Waugh said it’s not the right time to be away from home and play such a long series. “It’s got to be said, it’s not an ideal time to be away from Australia,” Waugh told Sky Sports Radio.

While rightly being worried about the fitness of his players, who are involved in this lengthy tour in India where they will play the third and final match after the T20 series comes to a conclusion, Waugh would have favoured players to spend some time off the field.”This series has been a bit spread out. It would have been better probably if it was a week or two shorter,” Waugh was quoted as saying. The batting maestro who used to open for Australia in the 90s believes that the visitors were lucky that star batsman-captain Steve Smith, pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are home early so that they can recover from their injuries in time and reach full fitness. “Once they get home, they’ll have a little break then they’ll be back focused on red ball cricket, then the Ashes,” Waugh said.

While mentioning the difficulties cricketers go through, Waugh said the players are pretty much used to it and it’s more about the travelling they indulge in. “The players are pretty much used to it; it’s probably more the travelling, flying around,  Waugh said. “This one-day tournament and T20 tournament has been to about eight different places, so there’s been a lot of travel. But I think they’re coping pretty well,” he added. As Australia will be facing India in the decider of their T20 series today after spicing up things in the previous encounter by thrashing India by 8 wickets thanks to left-arm left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorf, who demolished India’s top-order in Guwahati.  

First Published | 13 October 2017 3:52 PM
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