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Star Australian striker Steve Smith on Monday raised concerns about the future of the five-day game ahead of the World Testing Championship final against India, which starts on Wednesday at The Oval. The rapid growth of the cricket franchise around the world has put pressure on the international chart. Small countries don’t play Test cricket enough, and India, Australia and England effectively promote the longest format. However, it was ironic that Smith spoke of an uncertain future ahead of the most important game in Test cricket, the WTC final.
“Yes, I’m a little worried. But hopefully Test Cricket is still alive and well. I think everything is fine now,” he said before the title match with India.
“Some of the games we’ve seen recently have been amazing. So for me, as a traditionalist, someone who loves Test cricket, I hope it continues to be the focus of the whole Council and stay alive and well for some time to come.”
The Aussies had a lengthy first practice here on Monday and there were ample signs that Scott Boland would play in place of the injured Josh Hazlewood. All-rounder Cameron Green will be the fourth bowler behind Mitchell Stark and skipper Pat Cummins.
It was sunny in London last week, but on Monday it was cold and overcast all day.
Smith is currently one of the top batsmen in Test cricket with a total of 8,792 runs in 96 matches.
Recently, former captain Aaron Finch said he would bet his money on Smith, even as Australia also needs to get rid of Indian star hitter Virat Kohli as early as possible during the WTC final.
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