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Domestic calendar makes Test selectors’ task harder with The Hundred centre stage | Vic Marks

There will be only three rounds of matches next year in the three months that constitute high summer, offering few chances for those seeking to break into Joe Root’s team

One day after a numbing, naive innings defeat against New Zealand the impetus for England to become as effective with a red ball as they are with a white one is surely redoubled. Joe Root’s team were ultimately thrashed on a true, hard, unyielding pitch upon which the Kookaburra ball seldom deviated.

Often the conditions in New Zealand are likened to those in this country but that no longer seems to apply. The announcement of the first-class fixtures for the 2020 domestic season in England offers little encouragement that our Test team can easily rectify their deficiencies.

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