Sunday, 17 January 2010

Five match series

Is anyone else feeling a little short-changed, or is it just me?

We were promised a few years ago that all series between England and their two oldest enemies, Australia and South Africa, would be of a minimum five Test matches. Three years later, and we have an South Africa series ... of four Tests.

The situation is crying out for a decider. England somehow saved two matches, destroyed South Africa in one, and were destroyed themselves in the other. A victory for either team in a fifth match would be a fitting conclusion.

Instead we are left waiting for something that will not come, cheated of a full series in order to fit in more one-day internationals. Remember those? No, thought not.

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