Cook believes that Test cricket is still the true form of the game
England opening batsman, Alastair Cook has announced that he feels the game’s administrators should do all they can to ensure that Test cricket remains the pinnacle of the sport.
Cook, has called on the cricketing community to take measures so that Twenty20 does not hold back the true form of the game, where the best of the best clash against each other.
The Sun, a UK national paper, quoted Cook as saying: “Quite clearly I believe that Test cricket is the pinnacle. I still think most players believe that too. Twenty20 has done wonderful things – the numbers of kids playing has gone up, the number coming to watch game has gone up. So it’s been an important thing for the game. But we need to manage things well to protect Test cricket.”
Cook, is currently preparing himself for the upcoming series against the West Indies, which starts on May 17.
The opening batsman is also determined to see that England hold on to their top Test team ranking.
“If we play to our potential we’d expect to win this upcoming Test series – but it is not our right to do so. Any Test side is a good side and we need to be at our best to beat West Indies,” he was quoted by The Sun as saying.
After drawing their series against Sri Lanka, Cook stated that England were hoping to beat the West Indies on home soil before hosting the South Africans later in the year.
“It’s a great chance to continue from the final Test win over Sri Lanka, which came after a disappointing time for us over the winter.When things go well it’s easy to get on, but when things don’t go well it can be harder to stay together as a side,” he said.