Following yesterday’s look at the workload that is being shouldered by fans, it seems a decent time to restate our position that ODIs don’t matter. We were quite surprised to note that the article in question was written almost two and a half years ago and so there may well be readers who haven’t seen it. Those of you who have been around longer have probably addled your memories with real ale and continental cheese anyway so it’ll probably seem new to you too.
The sentiments expressed still seem relevant and this current one-day series between England and Australia seems a prime example. We can’t think of any newspaper, TV or radio coverage which has really emphasised winning the series as being an end in itself. Team selection and the upcoming winter Ashes series mean it is part scene-setter and part explorati0n exercise with second string players being given a chance to strut funky stuff that is somewhat lacking in syncopation.