He doesn’t say that explicitly, but that’s the gist.
“It would be a perfect time to be playing for our counties in the Twenty20 competition, especially while the two overseas players are involved, but it’s out of our hands and we have five one-dayers against Australia to try and cope with.”
If James Anderson doesn’t think England should be playing five one-day internationals (ODIs) against Australia when he actually needs a few matches to reestablish himself in the first eleven, then that’s not a good sign.
He also seems to agree with our Wisden Cricketer piece about how cricket followers’ focus shifts given half a chance by the fixture list.
We’re trying to work out whether we’re more bothered about the Twenty20 Cup or the Australia ODIs. It’s pretty even and considering one of those involves England’s greatest rivalry, that’s actually something of an indictment of the international fixtures. If the England players were in the Twenty20 Cup, that might even tip the balance in its favour.