[caption id="attachment_650720" align="aligncenter" width="594"]<img class="size-full wp-image-650720" alt="Mark Waugh Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/631443040.jpg" width="594" height="355" /> Mark Waugh Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>The length of the ongoing <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/australia" target="_blank">Australia</a> tour of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india" target="_blank">India</a> has been hectic, thinks the national selector <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mark-waugh" target="_blank">Mark Waugh</a>. Several cricketers from the Australian squad have been playing since the Bangladesh Test series. With the Sheffield Shield matches round the corner ahead of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/the-ashes-2017-18" target="_blank">Ashes 2017-18</a>, Waugh is concerned about the form of the players. <p></p> <p></p>Australia lost the five- ODI series against India by 1-4. The three-match T20I series is evenly poised at 1-1. The Shield matches will begin from October 26. <p></p> <p></p>Waugh, who is currently with the Australian team in India as an on-duty selector, would have loved to see cricketers taking some time off this summer and concentrate on red-ball cricket. It's got to be said, it's not an ideal time to be away from Australia. This series has been a bit spread out. It would have been better probably if it was a week or two shorter, Waugh told <i>Sky Sports</i> radio. <p></p> <p></p>The situation of the current Australian side is similar to what it was in 2013-14. Australia had then toured India for 7 ODIs and a T20I, finishing the tour just 19 days before The Ashes went on floor. <p></p> <p></p>Several cricketers have been injured and returned home well before the Ashes. Steven Smith injured his shoulder and returned home last week. Pat Cummins was withdrawn from the T20I series. <p></p> <p></p>Waugh considers it to be a blessing in disguise, Once they get home, they'll have a little break then they'll be back focused on red-ball cricket, then the Ashes. The players are pretty much used to it. This ODI tournament and T20 tournament has been to about eight different places, so there's been a lot of travel. Obviously Steven Smith going home might be a blessing in disguise, a bit of a freshen-up. He's got a heavy workload, as do a lot of the players. Those three Shield matches will have us in good stead for the Ashes. <p></p> <p></p>Australia and England will begin their Ashes series from November 23 at The Gabba in Brisbane.