With the ICC already mulling the idea of four-day Tests in the age of fast-paced Twenty20 cricket, the last thing an under threat longer version of the game needs is a boring Ashes, feels former South African captain Kepler Wessels.
"The last thing Test cricket needs is a boring Ashes series. The longer version of the game is already under threat. The International Cricket Council is talking about four day Test matches – and the Twenty20 version of the game is taking over everywhere. This Ashes series needs to provide the spark to keep Test cricket alive," Wessels said.
Wessels feel scheduling Ashes close on the heels of a premium event like Twenty20 World Cup at the same venue was another reason for the "low-key" England-Australia series.
"I can't really remember when the build-up to an Ashes series has been as low-key as this one. Maybe it is because the World Cup Twenty20 finished so recently. It may not be such a good idea to schedule a Test blue ribbon event straight after a high-profile tournament in the same country," he wrote on the 'Weekend Post'.
The former left-handed batsman said the sell-out crowd at Cardiff was perhaps because the ground was staging its maiden Test.