New Delhi: Following the pattern of what happened four years ago, the Australian cricket team is touring India for a limited-overs battle just before the start of a home series against England. Like the last time around, several fans have questioned the timing of the series. It is understandable that Australia are not even fielding their first eleven, indicating that they need it fit and firing come the first Ashes Test.

Now Australian selector Mark Waugh has questioned the importance of the series against India. Waugh was quoted to be saying while talking to Sky Sports Radio, “It’s got to be said, it’s not an ideal time to be away from Australia. This series has been a bit spread out. It would have been better probably if it was a week or two shorter.”

He also opined, “Once they get home, they’ll have a little break then they’ll be back focused on red ball cricket, then the Ashes. The players are pretty much used to it; it’s probably more the travelling, flying around. This one-day tournament and T20 tournament has been to about eight different places, so there’s been a lot of travel. But I think they’re coping pretty well.”

He further added, “Obviously Steve Smith going home might be a blessing in disguise, a bit of a freshen-up. He’s got a heavy workload, as do a lot of the players. We’ll be right. Those three Shield matches will have us in good stead for the Ashes.”