Cummins Worries About Test Cricket’s Future Despite Packed Summer Games


After a lot of limited over cricket, the nations are back to playing Test cricket. Australia is facing Pakistan on home soil. Australia almost won the series after winning the first two matches of the series. The last Test is scheduled to happen on January 3 at Sydney Cricket Ground. Warner will retire from the longest format of cricket after playing the last Test match against Pakistan. That is going to be an emotional match for the Aussies. After the World Test Championship was introduced to the cricket world, every Test match became crucial. Aussie skipper Pat Cummins opened up about this. 

Cummins on Test Cricket:

After two successful encounters, Australia will face Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the third Test match. After limited cricket was introduced to the world, people lost interest in the longest format of cricket. The T20 leagues started all over the world, Test cricket is facing continuous challenges. Recently, South Africa released a young squad for the Test series against New Zealand because the seniors will be playing the SA20. 

While talking about this matter, Australian skipper Pat Cummins is all worried. He said, “In some regards, I am a little bit worried at times, but at the same time T20 cricket has never had more supporters and I don’t think there have been more supporters in the world watching cricket. As a Test cricket lover, I wish everybody was watching Test cricket, but I’ve never seen cricket stronger than what it is at the moment.”

Further, he added, “My hopes are that it’s [Test cricket] even stronger than it is now, in 10 years time or 20 years time. I grew up absolutely loving Test cricket. I think it does go through phases. I know the South African team aren’t sending their strongest side. I’m hoping it’s a phase. I think in some regards leading to this Test summer, some of some of the question marks were against Pakistan and West Indies.”

After the World Test Championship has been introduced to world cricket, the nations are taking the Test format more seriously. Now, every Test match is important. Pat Cummins said, “Now that the World Test Championship is there. Every Test match is important. We’ve got a couple of points to make up for some overrates in England. Every game has context and it’s a home Test match, every Test match you play is big, but everyone in Australia is even bigger.”

Later he added, “Ideally we find a way to make it work where we’ve got 15 or 20 Test-playing nations who are all really strong. I understand there are lots of different challenges, so I feel really privileged that in Australia it’s a priority and it’s really well-supported every time we play. I don’t know what the silver bullet is, but it’d be great if there was one.”

Cummins on Warner’s Exit:

The third Test match against Pakistan is going to be an emotional match for the Aussies. Legendary Aussie opener David Warner is all set to bid goodbye to the Test format after that match. He has always been a strong pillar of strength for Australia. In 112 Tests, he created some unforgettable memories and played some unbelievable knocks. The Australian team will try hard to make Warner’s last Test memorable. 

On this matter, Pat Cummins said, “I think Marnus is the only one in his 20s now which he said a few times last week. Realistically there is going to be some rate of change over the next couple of years, we probably thought it was going to happen a little bit sooner but everyone is hanging on.”

Later he added, “After this block of Test matches, we don’t play again until next summer. So I don’t see anything in the immediate future that is going to change. There’s been some great opportunities for the young guys in Aussie A, even some ODI tours where a couple of the first XI guys have rested. I’m sure there will be a bigger change in the next couple of years and I’m sure we’ll be ready for it.”

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