Squad rotation: It’s going to happen.
With a fixture list that’s fatter than a TV-loving, chip-munching hippo with an abnormally slow metabolism, cricketers need more and more rests. We predict the onset of ‘squad rotation’.
Late last year, the All Blacks walloped Wales with one team and then changed every single player in the starting line-up before walloping Ireland. This is taking things too far, but essentially this is what international cricket teams will have to do.
To prevent injuries and to keep players fresh, they will need resting. With match after match after match, soon you won’t see the same XI twice. Coaches will have to build a pool of international-standard players and then ensure that none are overplayed.
If it makes fast bowlers fast again, we’re in favour.