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Edgbaston – Debate surrounding Team England’s workload looks set to intensify following a surprise announcement by the ECB that a number of experimental five-overs-a-side matches have been scheduled during lunch breaks of the upcoming South African Test series.

The new format, already dubbed ‘Twenty20lite’, would fit neatly into the traditional forty minute intermission, providing a near seamless day’s play for all cricket fans suffering from ADHD and/or anorexia. The matches will be a scaled down version of existing one-day cricket, with boundary ropes brought in forty-five yards and a maximum of one over each to be bowled by any members of the fielding side currently uninjured.

A spokesman for the ECB scheduling department revealed that the new format was inspired by a sudden realisation.

“We’ve been looking at ways to add new fixtures for some time, but our discussions were continually bogged down in the legality of cancelling Christmas. Then suddenly it struck us that there were five hours during every Test match that were completely fixture free. From there, it didn’t take long to come up with a format that would fit into the time available. It’s such a blindingly good idea I can’t believe we didn’t think of it before. When we told the England players, they were speechless.”

When pushed on the possibility of an even smaller micro-format being introduced during the tea break, we were given an equally unequivocal reply.

“Of course not, the ECB aren’t idiots.”

The inaugural Twenty20lite match is scheduled for the Saturday of the Lords Test. It’s currently unclear whether England will be appointing a fourth captain.

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