Posted: 30 January, 2017 by The Postman

This ODI series against New Zealand is about as useful as tits on a bull

Tags: Cricket

Even the most diehard cricket fan would be forgiven for forgetting that Australia is taking on New Zealand this morning in the first of three ODI’s.

It what seems like an attempt to keep the summer of cricket rolling for as long as possible, the Aussie’s are currently locked in battle at Eden Park, in what is there 15th match in all forms of cricket so far this summer series – and that’s not to mention the cavalcade of BBL thrown in as well.

This dross of a three match series follows three Tests against South Africa in November, three Tests against Pakistan in December/January, five ODI’s against Pakistan in January, and three ODI’s against New Zealand in December.

Yes, you read that right; we’ve already torn New Zealand to shreds in three ODI’s this summer.

 So, the question has to be asked: what is the point of this three match series?

The fact that we’ve already played NZ this summer aside; Cricket Australia is clearly approaching the series with reluctance, choosing to rest the majority of their Test squad stars with Steve Smith, David Warner and Usman Kawaja all sitting out the series – even if they’ll try to spin Smith’s rest is due to injury.

Similar to ODI’s themself these days, this series is about as useful as tits on a bull.

Whatever happened to the old days of a five-Test series followed by a Tri-series of ODI’s thrown in for good fun after the fifth Test?

Cricket Australia and pundits continue to talk about ‘burning out’ young players, and even though they’ll only bowl a maximum of ten overs per match, surely our Test/ODI frontline bowlers in Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood have earned themselves a rest after a long summer?

The choice to leave the likes of Smith, Warner and Kawaja on home soil is a bid to help them get rested up and primed for the tour of India later this month – a tour that will garner much more support here in Australia and is much more significant in terms of cricket in this country.

Cricket Australia seem to forget through their crammed cricketing schedule of Tests, ODI’s and the BBL that their most important domestic product, the Sheffield Shield, will finally start-up again after an elongated break.

The Shield is pivotal in preparing our cricketers to take the next step into international Test’s when called upon, and every single player in the current touring ODI squad would revel in proving their worth in the long form game.

Instead they’ll be locked into a piss-ant ODI series against New Zealand.

For the second time in just over a month.

And don’t even get me started on the T20 Sri Lanka series…

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