The Guardian – It was 5C in London last Sunday, unless you had Test Match Special on the radio.

Summary

  • In the fallout from that World Cup the England and Wales Cricket Board revamped its contract system so one-day players were better rewarded, hired a coach who had a strong record in the short formats, cleared out stretches of the calendar so the team would have time to prepare for their major one-day tournaments and encouraged their players to enter the Indian Premier League, where they could pick up experience in high stakes T20 cricket.
  • The one-day side, he said, “know we can beat anybody anywhere, whereas in Test cricket …” In the Ashes Australia had just been “too good for us whereas in the one-day stuff we have players who can break records”.
  • Between Roy, Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, and Jos Buttler, England’s ODI side are overflowing with brilliant batsmen.
  • He spoke about how many younger players simply did not want to play Test cricket any more because the rewards were so much greater in the T20 leagues.
  • Morgan, who has always been a pioneer, warned last year that this shift in the players’ priorities, the drift from the Test game to limited overs, was coming to English cricket too.


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