Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Ashes Interest Could Go Up in Smoke with All the One-Dayers'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Ashes Interest Could Go Up in Smoke with All the One-Dayers'

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent

TROTT ISSUES WARNING AS ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA PREPARE FOR YET ANOTHER SERIES [bar] ONATHAN TROTT fears the historic rivalry between England and Australia could start to lose its significance if matches are not restricted to Ashes tours and major tournaments.

England face the Aussies in five one-day internationals this summer, a repeat of the NatWest Series contested by the countries in 2010, which came four months before the Ashes series Down Under.

There are back-to-back Ashes battles next year, but despite that, Australia are here this year, too, because the ECB want England to play more one-day cricket than in the past so they compete strongly at the 2015 World Cup.

Trott scored a century on his Test debut in 2009 to help England win back the urn and while he relishes matches against Australia, he warned cricket bosses not to cram in too many one-day series against the Aussies.

"England-Australia is a special tradition and rivalry and it definitely needs looking after," said Trott. "It mustn't be overplayed or overdone and we all have to be careful about that.

"It could be too much, I think so. You want it to be special. England used to play Australia at home every four years, it was in the books and people had years look forward to it. Now, they were here two years ago, they're here now and they're here again next summer.

"You don't want people to think: 'I'm not going this year because I know they're here next year'. Or next year, people not coming to the games because they saw England-Australia in 2012.

"The public can sniff these things out and they know when it's a little bit too much. We've seen what happened with the domestic Twenty20 competition, when they started throwing in tons of games (there were 16 in the first round in 2010 and 2011), and there was a bit of overkill. It was about right when there were only eight matches in the first round.

"People might wonder what the point is, or they might think it's too monotonous.

I know this series is happening because there's a triangular series in Australia before the 2015 World Cup, to get used to the conditions. …

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