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Test Cricket: Ben Stokes Proud to Represent England But Lashes Out on Grueling Schedule Ahead

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Ben Stokes Proud to Represent England But Lashes Out on Grueling Schedule Ahead

Ben Stokes Proud to Represent England But Lashes Out on Grueling Schedule Ahead: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the Future Tour Program for 2023-27.

Ben Stokes Proud to Represent England But Lashes Out on Grueling Schedule Ahead: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the Future Tour Program for 2023-27.

According to the ICC, India, Australia, and England will play a total of 63 Test matches out of which England with 22 Test matchs will play the most number of matches.

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The ICC has been under heavy criticism for some time for giving a free hand to franchise cricket, especially the Indian Premier League.

Cricket broadcaster like Nasser Hussain earlier had spoken about the pressure that the players are enduring and has called the English cricket schedule a joke.

Under the guidance of Brendon McCullum, Stokes has been handed over the reins of English Test cricket and as of now. It seems that he has brought about a much-required change in the English Test setup.

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Recently, in an interview, Stokes spoke his mind out and did not mince his words when asked about his opinion on the international cricketing calendar.

“The schedule is extremely jam-packed, with absolutely little or no breathing space for international players. It is just wrong, how the matches have been scheduled. It feels like a joke but on the flip side. I certainly know that I can’t play these many matches on my own. The fact that few series are scheduled to overlap each other is just ridiculous. And it does not give ample time for the athletes to rest. To have a red-ball series and a white-ball series going on at the same time just blows my mind away”, said Ben Stokes.

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England is currently taking on South Africa in a three-match Test series. The Proteas team led by Dean Elgar blew England off in the first Test match. But now the visitors have a job at their hands to turn things around and push the series towards a decider.

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