McCullum has doubts about the future of Test cricket

Annette Crawford
May 14, 2018

The two nations had been in negotiations of playing a pink-ball match in Adelaide later this year but last week, the BCCI confirmed to Cricket Australia that all four of their Tests will be day affairs.

England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan came out in their support, worrying for the future of the five-day cricket adding, "If something was going to be done about it [Test cricket], it probably should have been done already".

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum believes that Test cricket will cease to exist in the future due to the meteoric rise of Twenty20 cricket.

McCullum has a rich test cricket history, playing 101 long-format matches for New Zealand before retiring in 2016.


"I firmly believe that Test cricket won't be around in time, because there's only so many teams that can afford to play it", he was quoted as saying. "People are turning up and watching T20 not just at games but also on TV - society's changing, isn't it?"

McCullum predicts a huge shift in the game where franchises will have the say over whether players will be allowed to play internationals. Ireland have just made their Test debut while Afghanistan will soon join the elite club when they face top-ranked India next month in Bangalore. "Adelaide has become the unofficial home of day-night Test cricket, and the legacy of three years of rip-roaring success under lights there was expected to be further enhanced by the presence of a strong Indian team", he said. He sits second in the all-time run-scoring list for Kiwis in test cricket, and is the only Blackcaps batsman to score a triple-century.

The 36-year-old McCullum, who retired from worldwide cricket in 2016 after playing 101 Tests, is now a regular performer in T20 franchise leagues around the world. He is one of only four players (Dwayne Bravo, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson are the others) to have appeared in 11 straight seasons of the IPL.

"I don't buy that you need residual skills to be able to transfer into T20. I think once we do separate it even more, then the skill level of T20 cricket will go to a whole new level altogether", he said.

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