The most anticipated English summer shall begin with a big ICC event – Champions Trophy. Later, for England, it is going to be a hectic one year, with home series scheduled against South Africa and The West Indies.
England’s home season is going to end on 29th September and after that, they will travel to down under for all important the Ashes to defend the urn. After the Ashes, English team will be heading to New Zealand for a full series.
So England is having a bit of workload in the upcoming year, and England Cricket Board Director Andrew Strauss has decided to give their star duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad a breather before the all-important season begins. James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be missing County games before the international cricket.
England Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss has said that England is looking to keep their guys fresh before an all-important year when we have The Ashes to defend against Australia. Though for England they both doesn’t seem to be in white ball team but for a long test season, ECB is looking to give both some breather. Andrew Strauss said,
“We have to manage all our players accordingly, especially our bowlers. Stuart and Jimmy are committed to their countries but they recognize the challenge and demands to come over the summer. It makes sense for us to stick to the original plan of them taking a week’s break before returning for the third round of the Championship Fixtures.”
James Anderson will sit out for Lancashire’s match against Surrey starting on Friday and Stuart broad will be missing Nottinghamshire’s match against Durham. Later this year England will be travelling to Australia for defending the crown of The Ashes.