England revert to talking about the importance of preserving Test cricket as “the pinnacle of the sport”

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In the wake of their defeat in the first one-day international against New Zealand, England have reverted to their traditional position that Tests are the main thing and they don’t really care about anything else.

A 4-1 Ashes defeat followed by a 50-over series win encouraged an unprecedented change in official policy whereby the sport’s middle format was briefly accorded supremacy. However, all talk of a possible World Cup win on home soil in 2019 will be set aside for the New Zealand leg of this winter’s engagements with the national side now adopting its more familiar line that ‘Test is best’.

Trevor Bayliss may or may not have said: “I’m not really that into the one-day game. Personally, I wouldn’t play it all and if it does have to be played, I reckon it should only really be for six months leading up to the World Cup.”

Andrew Strauss may or may not have added: “Everyone in England knows that Test cricket is the real deal. Somehow we have to find a way of convincing all these lesser countries to care more about it – albeit we don’t want them to care so much that they all beat us, because where would be then, eh?”

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson may or may not have responded: “We’d really appreciate it if England would let us know in advance which format matters. We obviously have to rotate our players and that takes a bit of planning. I’m going to have to go back to the spreadsheet now to make sure we get our strongest side out for the five-day games. That’s a pain in the arse – and I say that as someone who loves spreadsheets.”

England are set to announce the important formats for this summer’s tours later in the week.


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  1. I suggest we’re getting a little carried away with the whole test vs limited overs debate. Let’s all just just calm down and settle in for the next 100 years of test cricket.

    1. I used to like those charity single wicket competitions they had years and years ago between the top all-rounders. So just let each country nominate their Champion and let them have at it, in true gladiatorial style.

      One advantage, even more so than T20 – if your country’s rubbish, at least it’s over quickly. Unless Spitty’s still allowed to bat for 3 days, I suppose.

  2. Oh, and in limited overs world, Kohli’s awesome, New Zealand are decent playing at home, and England’s gonna come up short against India’s wrist spinners in the next world cup. You read it here first.

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