It said something of the status of the five-match series between England and Australia that many cricket supporters were surprised to hear that the tourists were even in the country before it started.
The series has flown under the radar for the most part and has divided opinion, even amongst those who profess a deep love of the game.
'It devalues the Ashes and the contest it represents'; 'it is all about money and nothing else'; 'there is no good reason for this series to be taking place' - just some of the views which have been expressed.
The fact is, England v Australia matches sell. TheyRead More »from Does this series really matter?