Senior cricketers in each country need to promote Tests: Steve Waugh

PTI, Jul, 26 2016

Melbourne: Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh feels the lure of Twenty20 cricket is affecting the longest format of the game and has put the onus on senior cricketers across the globe to promote Test cricket.

"We have to hope senior cricketers in each country keep promoting Test cricket," Waugh was quoted as saying by today.

File picture of Steve Waugh. Getty

File picture of Steve Waugh. Getty

"Australian players still always talk about the Baggy Green cap and playing for their country and the responsibility rests with senior players in every country (to do the same.)"

Citing the decline of West Indies in Test cricket to put across his point, Waugh said budding Caribbean cricketers who grow up watching the likes of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo endorsing T20 will take to T20 cricket more than Tests.

"There is a danger there because obviously the Windies are fantastic at T20 and young kids see that. They see they can make a lot of money," he said.

"The West Indies got into a bit of trouble when Chris Gayle, who was a great Test player, said his priority was T20, then other senior players say the same thing, young kids hear it and all of a sudden the focus is on T20."

The West Indies are current World T20 champions but in Tests they are struggling to match top quality sides. They recently lost the opening Test against India by an innings and 92 runs at Antigua.

Published Date: Jul 26, 2016 | Updated Date: Jul 26, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115