Ashes important for cricket`s future: Sutherland

Sydney: Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says the Ashes series against England this month is "incredibly important" for the prestige of Test cricket amid allegations of match fixing and threats to its status from shorter forms of the game.

Sutherland said Thursday the five-Test series between the fourth and fifth-ranked teams in Test cricket could play a vital role in restoring the health of the five-day game.

He said the allegations of Pakistan players involved in spot fixing was "unfortunate" but thinks a compelling Ashes series will "serve as a reminder that the great game is alive and well."

Bureau Report

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