England’s record Test wicket taker James Anderson is the latest cricketer to voice supporting Test cricket on the back of ever glamorous and money making showdowns of Twenty20 cricket all over the world.
Anderson spoke out in the aftermath of phenomenon when two prominent English cricketers Adil Rashid and Alex Hales turned their back on the tradition of Test cricket.
Admittedly Anderson said he doesn’t know what should be the answer for that.
“From an England point of view they have put money into white-ball cricket because our performances in World Cups has not been good enough, I understand the reasons for that. But we have to be careful not to go too one-day, we have to find a balance because there is such a legacy of Test cricket in this country and we can’t lose that,” he said.
Anderson mentioned the monetary effect of the shortest version of the game saying, “It’s getting quite ludicrous in terms of the money you can earn. I’m not surprised at all and I’m sure there will be other people that follow in the future. The danger for us is that it becomes, not an epidemic, but popular among players to do this.”
“I do worry if more and more players do it whether that sets the kind of example we want for younger guys coming through the game,” he added.
“Will they want to go on and play Test cricket and put in the hard graft of playing five days on tough pitches? Or would they want to go forward in a game that would potentially be more lucrative for them?” Anderson asked.