The England and Wales Cricket Board has defended the decision for England to tour Sri Lanka during monsoon season after the third one-day international was reduced due to rain.
The ODI, in Kandy, was delayed for nearly six hours before play could get underway and this follows on from rain troubles in the opening two fixtures with the first ODI abandoned and the second seeing rain end the game early.
All five of England’s games on tour, including their two warm-up fixtures, has been affected by rain to some degree and this has led to criticism of scheduling a tour during a notoriously bad time for weather in the country.
According to the Department of Meteorology in Sri Lanka, one of the country’s four monsoon seasons takes place between October and November.
The ECB, though, defending the decision in a statement that said: “After hosting England, Sri Lanka spend the rest of the 2018-19 season touring New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
“They play their first match in New Zealand on 8 December, which left very little wriggle room given our final Test in Sri Lanka finishes on 29 November.”
Mike Brewer: I enjoyed this piece and anxieties which we all shared about BT taking on this mantle from Sky were short lived as the action unfolded. But you are right about the motormouth commentary, and the worst culprit was Ponting who seems to think that a barrage of overly complicated theories and explanations makes him look like the best captain Australia ever had, neither will ever be true. It was white noise and I longed for the incisive remark that Atherton obviously, and Botham at times surprisingly, casually drops in to punctuate proceedings.
You rightly highlighted deficiencies in Matt Smith's wardrobe. His lack of sartorial co-ordination made him appear scruffy, totally outshone by his ex-playing experts. A bit more Colville, and a little less Corbyn would be my advice to him.
As for the broadcaster there were too many deliveries shown just in the nick of time, or missed altogether... a cardinal sin.
Much like England I am hoping for improvements in Adelaide. View Post