James Anderson calls on ICC to maintain Test cricket’s popularity

Updated: Nov 22, 2011, 18:06 PM IST

London: England pace bowler James Anderson has said the International Cricket Council (ICC) should take responsibility for preventing the lustre of Test matches being faded out by one- internationals.

"We play a lot of one-day cricket - last year we played the Ashes, seven one-dayers in Australia and then the World Cup. The ICC [has] a big responsibility to the game of Test cricket," the BBC quoted Anderson, as saying.

"There are obviously concerns because you watch Test cricket around the world and attendances are dwindling," he added.

"We are lucky in England in that crowds are generally sold out and we get good atmospheres at those games, but it is disappointing to see that is slightly different around the world,” he further said.

His comments came in the wake of Australia defeating South Africa by two wickets in Johannesburg to level the two-match series.

The ICC had earlier cancelled the 2013 World Test Championship for the 50-over Champions Trophy.

England is scheduled to play three Tests, four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

The two sides will meet for the first time after spot-fixing convicts Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were handed prison sentences.

"A lot has gone on in the last 12 months with these two teams so it is going to be an interesting one," Anderson said.

"There is no love lost but nowadays cricket isn`t the game it used to be in terms of sitting down at the end of the day and having a beer with the opposition,” he added.

ANI