When picking through the wreckage of England's green-wash in the desert against Pakistan, coach Andy Flower partly blamed himself for the limited preparation that saw just two warm-up matches after several months of inactivity for the number one ranked side.
The same excuse won't wash if England suffer a similar failure in Sri Lanka later this month. England are already on the island whilst their hosts are on the latest leg of a one day international jamboree that rivals a tour by U2 or The Rolling Stones given the sheer number of dates.
Since being battered by South Africa in the deciding Test at Newlands at the start of January, Sri Lanka have played five ODIs against the Proteas, 11 more in the CB series and are now dragging their tired limbs through the Asia Cup for another three or four games.
If the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene pitch up for the 1st Test in Galle on 26th March in their blue pyjamas they should be forgiven their absent-mindedness. England should be ready.
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