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Old 08-06-2019, 05:08 AM
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Four years ago the ECB decided they'd focus relentlessly on winning the World Cup, even if it meant putting Tests on the backburner. It worked, and England tied won in dramatic fashion. Hooray!

Now, we can see the price. We don't know who the best team is, players are struggling to revive Test match skills that haven't been practised, we put so much reliance on Anderson that we broke him, we don't have a plan B other than to take an excellent white-ball cricketer and discover in real time what happens when he bowls 20 overs on Thursday and 20 more on Saturday.

This seems like poor management, but it's not really. It's just the cost of doing business.