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England need balance of red and white ball to protect Tests – Strauss 2022

England: Sir Andrew Strauss has urged cricket to ensure a balance between formats and prevent the game from being dominated by white-ball leagues.

Strauss, who is leading the ECB’s advisory review into the way the game works in England, insisted that Test and T20 cricket can coexist, saying that today’s players face more opportunities than ever before.

But he stressed the need to encourage young cricketers to play all kinds of sports, at a time when the Test format looks increasingly weak outside the so-called ‘Big Three of India, England, and Australia.

He said, ‘The proliferation of T20 leagues and the shifting of cricket’s tectonic plates is a very live issue.

‘The world of cricket around us is changing incredibly fast. We have to ask where our game fits into all of this.

‘What do we mean by prioritizing and investing to ensure that it remains strong and relevant and that we have incentives for our players to play both red and white ball cricket?

‘We want to make sure players are playing the right balance of formats so that it doesn’t all go down the white-ball, short-form route.

‘There are still a lot of players who want to challenge themselves to be the best Test cricketer they can be.’

But Strauss, who has captained England in 50 Tests and led them to the top of the rankings in 2011, admits that not everyone has the same priorities.

‘In other countries, Test cricket doesn’t pay the bills, as it does here. It’s a bit of a chicken and egg: if it’s costing you money to hold a Test series, you don’t have a lot of money to invest in marketing them all.

‘Of course, the T20 format is the way many people are introduced to the game. I still maintain that it can sit comfortably with Test cricket.

‘The challenge we have is can we create a manageable schedule that allows players to do both? It’s really complicated. It’s multi-dimensional, like a giant Rubik’s Cube.’

Strauss will be at Lord’s for Wednesday’s first Test against South Africa to promote the fourth year of the #RedforRuth campaign, the charity named in honor of his wife, who died of lung cancer in 2018 aged 46. She died of cancer.

England need balance of red and white ball to protect Tests - Strauss 2022
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Last year, she raised more than £1.2 million for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, which provides emotional support for families before the death of a parent and funds research into non-smoking lung cancer. Is.

On the field, meanwhile, England’s Test team will be looking to continue their impressive revival led by Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.

‘It’s been an extraordinary mindset shift and shift,’ Strauss said. ‘It has been purely and simply good strong leadership.

‘It just highlights the importance of being clear about how you play your cricket and taking the fear of failure away from players.

‘The more you have this mindset, the more confidence you develop, and the more extraordinary you are able to do.

‘We saw it with the white-ball team after 2015, and I think we’re going to see it again with this Test team in this South Africa series and beyond.’

Asked if he thought Stokes’ side could emulate him and storm their way to the top of the rankings, Strauss replied: ‘I certainly hope so.

‘The acid test for any team is can you win away from home? And this team still needs to improve in many areas.

‘But confidence also takes you a long way. This series is important to build on what has happened so far this summer.’

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