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Veteran England pace bowler James Anderson has admitted that he is worried about what the future holds for Test cricket given the lack of people attending matches.
While there is likely to be a hefty crowd for England’s Test series against South Africa and the West Indies, the reality outside England is a lot more grim.
With attendance dwindling, Anderson admitted that something must be done in order to preserve Test cricket and ensure it keeps hold of its status as the “pinnacle” format of the sport.
“There is a concern,” Anderson said. “I think if you look at attendances around the world, in Test cricket they’re on the decline and it’s probably only in England that we sell out most days for Test matches.
“It’s something that’s got to be addressed. Obviously, it’s great to see T20 the way it is, drawing crowds and getting young kids into the sport but there are still a lot of players out there that want to play Test cricket and see it as the pinnacle.
“In the future, it’s something that has got to be looked at.”
With England’s Test series against the Proteas only starting in July due to the Champions Trophy being held in June, Anderson will spend approximately three months playing county cricket with Lancashire.
The 34-year-old struggled last summer with a shoulder injury and is hoping to use his time with Lancashire to regain his form and prove that he is fully fit ahead of England’s busy summer at home.
“It’s nice to have a few months with Lancashire at the start of the summer,” Anderson said. “It’ll be a case of just seeing how I go through the early stages of the summer – not getting too many overs into my body before that first Test comes around but, at the same time, I need to play cricket and get some overs into my shoulder to prove my fitness for those Test matches.
“I feel good at the minute, I feel really fit. I’m still hungry to play and I’m working hard. I’m not looking too far ahead, I just want to enjoy playing.
“The last year or so has been very frustrating for me, being injured more than I would have liked, so I’m really keen to stay fit and just see how I get on.”