ENGLAND AFRAID OF BURNOUT AHEAD OF ASHES

The fear of burnout ahead of the forthcoming Ashes is already forcing teams to take certain steps.


The Ashes series is set to take place towards the year end but the ECB has denied the request of Nottinghamshire for Stuart Broad. The County cricket side wanted the player to feature in the County Championship games.

Some argue that it was a sensible decision ahead of the longest ever season in English cricket but others say the governing body was abusing its power. England wants to keep the chances of retaining the Ashes so they do not want fatigue to affect either of Broad or Jimmy Anderson.

Ben Stoke is another concern with his participation in international cricket. With as much as 19 games that would run until September, the England talisman is focused on having an incredible year despite the workload.

He is with Rising Pune playing the Indian Premier League. After being signed for over £1.5 million, expectations would be high. The IPL is challenging and even more competitive these days. Without carefully managing the situation and with him focused on having a great year, it could affect his place in the Ashes series.

Delhi Daredevils player Sam Billings says Stoke would feel the heat as there would be “a massive weight of expectation” as he is one of the biggest signings. Former IPL coach Ray Jennings says the all-rounder would have to deal with “the demands of the supports, owners, sponsors, everyone.”

Players have to consistently travel through the season, adding more burden. The ECB would keep trying to shield the Ashes squad where they feature for their different counties. The first Test is in July which is still a few months out.