Mark Waugh feels India tour way too long

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

Waugh felt the limited-overs series in India should have been shorter keeping the Ashes in mind.

Australia have been in India for nearly a month. Ben Stokes recently got embroiled in a controversy when he was spotted fisting and punching a person on the street, outside a pub and was arrested.

Australia lost the five- ODI series against India by 1-4.

Waugh revealed selectors were hoping to fill the No.6 position with a batsman who can bowl part-time. But the number one priority is batting.

"It's too much pressure on Broad and Anderson, and they're getting a bit older, and I can't see them playing five Test matches straight". Every time he's played for Australia, he's really stepped up to the plate as well. "It's probably more a batting allrounder".

Paine, meanwhile, has the advantage of Test-match experience in four matches against Pakistan and India in 2010, including a valuable 92 in Mohali, before a series of finger fractures endangered his career.

Several cricketers have been injured and returned home well before the Ashes. Waugh admitted that the presence of both glovemen in the same state was a problem. "It just didn't look good and it's a bad image for the game", said Waugh.

"I think [the England selectors] are pretty keen for him to play in Australia. Those six and seven spots realistically there's going to be some talk about, the rest of the squad probably picks itself".

Waugh, who is now with the Australian team in India as an on-duty selector, would have loved to see cricketers taking some time off this summer and concentrate on red-ball cricket. "It's got to be said, it's not an ideal time to be away from Australia", Waugh said. This series has been a bit spread out.

The Ashes contingent will have three Sheffield Shield fixtures starting on October 26th to get used to the red ball before heading to the Gabba on November 23rd to begin the world's most renowned Test series.

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