Rotation to play a key part - Morris

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Hugh Morris & Andy Flower

Hugh Morris, left, believes England will have to find the way to best combat the busy cricket schedules this coming winter

England are to increase their rotation policy over the coming 12 months with leading players likely to be rested for future tours.

With next summer beginning an intense year, which includes the 2010-11 Ashes defence and the World Cup, there is a need to ensure the leading players are as fresh as possible for key events.

Captain Andrew Strauss, Paul Collingwood and James Anderson have all been rested by England since the 2-1 Ashes victory over Australia last month, and Morris revealed the workload on the players is a cause for concern.

“Given the schedules, we have to prioritise what we are doing,” said ECB managing director of cricket Hugh Morris.

“We have to say that global events are obviously a big priority, the Ashes is a big priority, and India and South Africa series.

“We will have to prioritise and we need to get into a position where each player gets the right amount of preparation, the right amount of matches and the right amount of rest.

“In that regard we have to look very closely at the resting of players for series, parts of series, matches, as we have started to do.”

Any player rested from any part of that tour would not be allowed to play for Indian Premier League franchises while England were in action.

“If England are playing cricket and we rest somebody, we would not expect them to play in any other form of cricket,” confirmed Morris.

“We will look at each of the players and see where we get to in the next couple of weeks.

“The one thing about the Bangladesh tour (early next year) is that given there is a World Cup there in 2011, and given that some of the players might not have been there before, we need to be mindful some players might benefit being in that environment.”

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