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England schedule could be to blame for winless streak

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England's win over India represented their first Test match victory in 10 matches, with the previous success coming at Chester-le-Street against Australia in the Ashes a year earlier.

After the series against India, England have a busy winter, travelling to Sri Lanka for a One Day International series, then to Australia for a Triangular One Day International tournament and then the 50-over World Cup.

But will this packed schedule be to their detriment once again?

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10 test winless streak

After the match win over Australia in Durham, England played 10 tests, five of which were on the Ashes tour last winter after they had won the famous urn on home soil.

England lost the subsequent Ashes series in Australia 5-0. They also lost the One Day International series that followed 4-1, meaning just one victory was registered down under.

The tour of Australia finished in early February so the players only had a month's rest before the domestic cricket season started back in England.

One Ashes series can have a very big physical impact on a team so having two in a row, and considering the result of the second, meant that England were physically and emotionally drained when they returned from Australia. 

2015s busy schedule

In 2015 England are playing in seven different series. They are playing a total of 17 Test matches, 30 One Day Internationals and five Twenty20s. During these matches, England will travel to four different countries around the world. 

Part of the 30 ODIs they will play are in the World Cup. The tournament will require an extra level of fitness from the England players as it will be slightly more competitive than normal ODIs.

For players who are in both the ODI and the Test teams it's a lot of matches to play in a space of a year, along with potentially fulfilling duties with their respective counties.

How will they cope? We shall see.

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