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Moeen Ali criticizes international cricket calendar as world champions depart for another series

Ben Stokes made his first international T20 half-century to lead England to victory in the final, and Moeen said there were never any concerns about whether he could thrive in the T20 World Cup.

“There were a lot of question marks about Ben early on and stuff, but these are the games where you need him. It’s not just because it’s a great occasion, but in those tight games where the wicket is doing a bit and there’s a good bowling attack or the conditions are a little tricky, he’s the guy who really steps up.

Although I feel like we could have won that a little more comfortably, but they played well, and like I said, it got soggy. Yes. He is a special player and that is why he is on the side.

“He’s drawn to everything, the good and the bad a lot of the time, but obviously right now everything is good and he’s, look, on any team you want someone like Stokesy and even if people talk about his shooting rate, his average and scores, but you have to have him on your team.”


Commentary: ‘England’s relentless schedule continues’

By Will McPherson

It’s not hard to see why an elite cricketer like Ben Stokes, in his prime at 31, would want to forego a format, ODI in his case, to protect his mind and body.

The day after England achieved a historic T20 triumph, most of the team were heading from Melbourne to Adelaide to prepare for the start of a new series, three ODI without context against Australia, on Thursday (exactly one week after win a World Cup semifinal). -end in the same field).

Stokes is not going with them. He is off to the United Arab Emirates, with several other players, for a short period of rest and relaxation, or whatever that entails for Stokes, before heading off to camp on the Saturday before the Test series against Pakistan in December. . The T20 team had one night to enjoy the series together, before the cricket world moved on. Moeen Ali described it as “a disgrace,” and she’s absolutely right.

This is not especially new. It was the same for Australia when they won the tournament in the United Arab Emirates last year – straight back home and in quarantine to prepare for the Ashes. Pat Cummins clearly captured it at the time: “You see people win premierships in the AFL or NRL, and they go on a spree for two weeks. Whereas in cricket you get to the end of a Test series and everyone is ready to go home and sleep for a few days.

However, at least there is no doubt that the Ashes really do matter to players. These ODIs? Not that much. They’re not part of the World Cup Super League, which serves for qualification for India’s tournament next year, so they’re essentially friendlies.

Crowds are expected to be poor. Selling tickets for games not involving India or Pakistan was enough of a struggle for the World Cup organizers that Cricket Australia has little chance of getting Adelaide Oval, SCG and MCG (on a Tuesday!) even half full for ODI, now less popular format than T20. The three lots are spacious.

The series can be fun to watch between two decent sides, but it’s hard to know who really wants it to happen, perhaps the TV executives (hopefully the ratings there), or Jason Roy and the other players who flew in to round out the England squad. ?

The madness continues for England later this winter. In January, the new SA20 competition is halted for nine days to squeeze out an ODI series that nobody really wants (and that England should have played in 2020). In February, the final day of the second Test in New Zealand is expected to end the day before the first ODI in Bangladesh.

Seeing everything is barely possible, let alone playing everything, and almost everyone is poor for it.

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