The Sate of English test cricket

Test Cricket in England is in a bad situation at the moment. Coming off of the 4-0 loss to Australia in the Ashes, big questions are being asked about the state of the red ball format, and its future.

There is no doubt amongst cricket fans that the England test team are no where near the standard they were just a few years ago.

And a lack of influx in young players into the new format means there is nowhere to look for hope at a new generation to come through and take the mantle.

Even the likes of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are close to retirement, and the England picture doesn’t look promising without those two leading the attack.

Many believe the Indian Premier League has played a big part in the downfall of test cricket, with many cricketers chasing to play where the money is, instead of playing for their country.

David Gower, who represented England at test level, believes more needs to be done to bring England cricket back up to where it should be.

“This is the oldest and most important form of the game. We need to defend it, we need an England team that plays it well, that is not languishing at the foot, barely even the foot, of the World Test Championship”.

More demand has been given to the shorter forms of the game, who are captained by Eoin Morgan. The T20 and ODI sides have experienced more success than their red ball teammates.

This culminated in England winning the Cricket World Cup in the summer of 2019 against New Zealand in a thrilling final that came down to a super over, where Jos Butler and Ben Stokes’ 15 runs were enough to win infrant of a packed Lords crowd.

With the introduction of another format in the shape of The Hundred, which was introduced over the summer, it is clear that the demand is in the direction of shorter formats.

With all these factors in place, will we see the end of test cricket in England?