I’m marking out the current ODI series as pointless because (a) it’s played in completely different conditions from the World Cup, and (b) we’re playing them again at home in a few weeks, which is more useful preparation.
Of course it’s not really pointless, but of the whole crowded schedule between now and the end of March, the current series is the most expendable.
Funny to see people lining up with their opinions about whether the players need a rest or not. The logic of ‘they’ve just played three Tests and need a rest’ is irrelevant. Nobody’s saying they’re too tired to play now, but it’s about keeping them fit across the whole summer, which means taking breaks. And this is not about opinions, it’s about modern sports science: the fitness and well-being of the players can easily be measured and the likelihood of them being injured predicted based on past results. It must be amusing for those working in sports science to listen to people saying they players shouldn’t be tired because they “sit on their arses half the day in the stand”.
You do realise Boult has played only 2 ODIs in the past 22 months?