Isn't it all just the same teams playing each other over and over?

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Isn't it all just the same teams playing each other over and over?

Post by TG on Sat 20 Feb 2016, 12:10 pm

More a rugby & football interested poster here, so apologies for my ignorance.

In all the years I have had to listen to "there's been a wicket at the cricket" interruption to radios shows, 2 things have always struck me about cricket coverage in the UK:

1. Games that do not involve England get reported, e.g. SA v AUS, they'll mention the result/day score. This is not the case even in football except in big tournaments. Why is this?
2. The same teams play each in various formats over and over again. Do fans really enjoy this repetition?


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Re: Isn't it all just the same teams playing each other over and over?

Post by VTR on Sun 21 Feb 2016, 7:35 am

1. They really don't. There's a lot of cricket played and non England matches barely ever get a mention.

2. A lot of England fans are unhappy that The Ashes has just been played 3 times in 2 years. Other than that, teams will probably only play each other in bi lateral series every couple of years, as its roughly a 4 or 5 year cycle for playing each other at home. That's not really saturation to me

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Post by dyrewolfe on Thu 03 Mar 2016, 12:57 pm

I was gonna say the same thing about point 1.

The only time I've heard wicket reports on Talksport or Five Live is when there are matches involving England, or something like the T20 World Cup.

Point 2 - you could say exactly the same thing about football and rugby (6 Nations, Tri-Nation Series?). Fans evidently enjoy the repetition in those sports, so why not cricket?
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Post by wadey101 on Thu 03 Mar 2016, 1:33 pm

The 2nd question seems a bit strange from a rugby supporter when surely the same applies to that sport. How many different teams do England play in rugby? There's the 6 nations every year and then internationals with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. That's 8 teams, about the same as England will play in cricket.

Then in each sports world cups they'll get to play the odd game against other lesser sides.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sun 03 Apr 2016, 12:41 am

I'm fed up of England playing Australia and India so often. I wish we'd give teams like Sri Lanka, New Zealand etc longer tours, and teams like Afghanistan, Ireland etc more games (especially odi's)

The day they bring in a test championship played over 3/4 years with relegation and promotion the better
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