Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Ashes tour was too long, says Waugh
Published: Thursday, August 30, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh on Thursday called for shorter Ashes tours and described some of the fixtures on this year's successful campaign as "a waste of time".[an error occurred while processing this directive]Waugh and several of his colleagues who were part of Australia's triumphant Test and One-day squads returned home on Thursday after completing a tiring three-month itinerary.The Australians' schedule encompassed 21 matches, including six three or four-day matches against county teams, some of which Waugh felt weren't needed by the tourists."Three months is just too long to be away, I think, and it can be unhealthy for everyone," Waugh told reporters."You are in very close proximity to all the squad and it's a long time to be together and people obviously are missing their families," he said."So I think in future some of the county games are not needed. They are a waste of time, basically, half of them. Probably only two or three were good matches."Australia completed a 4-1 Ashes series victory over England by winning the fifth Test on Monday.