England captain Joe Root’s demands to reset first-class cricket after Ashes’ humiliation will not take place for at least 12 MONTHS after ECB commits to domestic 2022 plans
- England want to rebuild test side structure after 4-0 Ashes loss
- Captain Joe Root Wants An Immediate Reset Of The Game’s First-Class Structure
- But the ECB has already revealed its domestic plans for the 2022 season
Joe Root’s demand for a reset for English first-class cricket will not take place for at least 12 months.
Test captain Root insisted on prioritizing the traditional form of the game – echoing the attention paid to white-ball cricket following the abysmal 2015 World Cup – after the Ashes turned out to be a disaster.
But the ECB says they were already committed to a skeletal domestic structure and details were provided on Thursday when the 2022 fixtures were unveiled.
England captain seeks reset to first-class match, but will have to wait a year
Root’s English stars were recently humiliated 4-0 in Australia’s Ashes Test series
Half of the 16 rounds of County Championship matches will be replayed in the April and September book months of the season, although a more even spread over the midsummer has been created in response to the lack of four-day cricket last year between June 1 and September . August 29.
There were only three rounds scheduled at the time, leaving the English Test players with no competitive preparation for the home series with India, but five will cover that 90-day period this year, and first-class representative matches against touring teams New Zealand and South Africa have also registered.
Neil Snowball, County Cricket General Manager, said: ‘This schedule will in no way be the answer to all problems. It’s a step up from last year, but don’t expect it to be all we need to tackle some of the challenges of red ball cricket. Hopefully we will be able to implement changes from 2023 onwards.’
Snowball advised Yorkshire supporters to plan top-level cricket, punishing relegation for mishandling the Azeem Rafiq affair.
England’s domestic structure focuses on shorter forms of the game, including the Hundred
The Hundred dominates August and the Royal London Cup final returns to a Saturday in September after the derogatory cut to midweek in 2021.
Meanwhile, English women started their Ashes challenge the same way the men did – with a crushing defeat to Australia.
Although England posted a challenging 169 for four in the first of the three Twenty20s launching these multi-format Ashes, it was nowhere near enough.
Tahlia McGrath, who had taken three of England’s four wickets, crushed an unbeaten 91 as Australia swept home to Adelaide with three overs to spare. Danni Wyatt hit 70-of-54 balls for England, but in response McGrath and captain Meg Lanning shared an uninterrupted second-wicket score of 144.
Australia took two points for the win, and England will have to hit back in the T20s tomorrow and Sunday for next week’s test.