London: England cricket captain Andrew Strauss believes that he has a duty to protect the future of Test cricket.
Contradicting West Indies captain Chris Gayle"s view that the future of cricket lies with the Twenty20 format, Strauss feels all captains have a duty to protect the Test format.
“I think I do have that duty, yes. It"s my job to make sure all the players in my team are fully committed to playing Test cricket, and I believe that to be the case," the Daily Express quoted Strauss, as saying.
Strauss is concerned the spread of Twenty20 cricket and growing security concerns have started to have an impact on Test cricket.
'No tears if Test cricket dies'
“Test cricket is slightly vulnerable and the future of the game concerns me. I believe Test cricket should continue to be the No1 format of the game; it is the only format that really tests your temperament, your technique, hunger and bravery," he added.
“The fact that it is such a subtle game for me makes it a far better game to play in. My view that it needs to get the attention it deserves in terms of preparation has not changed. It"s important we play good Test cricket to make people aware of what a good format it is and how entertaining it can be," Strauss said.