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The situation is that any England players who might actually be wanted by an IPL franchise will play Twenty20 in India for three weeks and then their next match after that will be a Test match. Anyone see any issues there?
We’ve never played international cricket, we don’t know how much preparation you need for a match and we don’t know how easy it is to switch from Twenty20 to Test cricket.
However, we do read a lot of newspapers and we’ve got a pretty good idea how they work. If Andrew Flintoff is given out lbw playing across the line in the first Test against the West Indies, the British press is going to skewer him, baste him and put him in a massive great oven at 200 degrees until his juices run clear. Then they’re going to slice him up. Then they’re going to eat him for breakfast, lunch and tea.
The media like clear-cut cause and effect and we’re pretty sure they won’t accept any explanation for a poor shot other than the one they choose to apply: ‘he was still in Twenty20 mode’.
It’s an unendurable tidal wave of bickering and recriminations just waiting to happen and it’s utterly, utterly inevitable. It feels like we’ve already fallen out of a plane and for some reason we’ve got a telescope. With the telescope we can look downwards and see a chalk outline on the pavement and it’s got our name written underneath it.
Just like that, only less macabre and much more irritating.