Too many matches can jeopardize Australia-England historic rivalry: Trott

Updated: Jun 15, 2012, 13:17 PM IST

Sydney: Batsman Jonathan Trott has said that Australia and England’s historic cricketing rivalry could be in jeopardy with too many one-day clashes taking the shine off traditional matches.

Speaking ahead of the Australian team’s arrival in the UK later this month for a five-match ODI series, Trott who has been in the English Test side since 2009 issued a warning to cricket bosses.

“England-Australia is a special tradition and rivalry and it definitely needs looking after. It mustn’t be overplayed or overdone and we all have to be careful about that,” Trott said.

“It could be too much , you want it to be special. England used to play Australia at home every four years. Now, they were here two years ago, they’re here now and they`re here again next summer.”

Australia will play against England five times in 11 days starting with a June 29 opener at Lord`s, reported a source.

“I know this series is happening because there’s a triangular series in Australia before the World Cup, to get used to the conditions. It shows the importance the ECB place on the 2015 World Cup, but it’s perhaps a bit strange we’re playing each other this often. People might wonder what the point is, or they might think it`s too monotonous,” he added.

The 2013 Ashes will be played in July and August in the UK, followed by five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s lasting until mid-September.