Trott is looking to keep the intensity of the Ashes tradition alive
South African-born England batsman Jonathan Trott has announced that he feels as if the Ashes rivalry between England and Australia is starting to become less intense since the two nations are starting to face each other more frequently.
England recently won a five match ODI series against Australia 4-0, but Trott believes scheduling series between the two countries outside of the Ashes will start to endanger the Ashes rivalry.
Speaking exclusively to the Evening Standard, Trott said: “It definitely needs looking after, it mustn’t be overdone. 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 to look forward to it. Now, they were here two years ago, they’re here now and they’re here again next summer.”
Australia last played England in a full Ashes tour back in 2009, but in 2010 came for five match ODI series, which England won 2-0.
This means that Australia will have toured England four times in the past five seasons, which is something Trott believes will do more harm than good.
“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, people might wonder what the point is, or they might think it’s too monotonous. 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 and there was overkill. It was about right when there were only ten matches in the first round,” Trott said.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have scheduled England to tour Australia for an ODI series in January 2015 as part of a plan to help the team get prepared for the conditions they will face and improve their record during the 2015 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.
Even though Trott is highly concerned about the Ashes rivalry slowly starting to diminish, he still understands why the ECB have taken many steps to help boost England’s chances at the 2015 World Cup.
“With England, everything has been about the Ashes, whereas Australia and the rest of the world have a balance, it’s like in football, where European teams would put the World Cup ahead of the European Championships. In the past, maybe England were like that with the Ashes and our World Cup,” Trott said.
However, now that England have won the Ashes both at home and away, Trott feels as if there will be a greater focus on winning the 2015 World Cup.
“For England, it was always the Ashes, which we hadn’t won for 20 years before 2005. The attention to the World Cup — because we’ve now won the Ashes home and away — will be greater, and the tournament will be put on a higher pedestal. We set ourselves a target of being the No. 1-ranked Test team, and we achieved that, so now we set ourselves up to be top of the one-day rankings, too,” Trott added.