England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler believes that T20 cricket could possibly end other formats – resulting in it being the only format of the game.
“I feel cricket could become a one-format game in the future – whether that’s soon or in 15 to 20 years,” Buttler told Sky Sports. “Test cricket is still, for me, the pinnacle of cricket but T20 fills out stadiums and is easy to keep up with and follow. Everyone wants things faster these days and things evolve so maybe Twenty20 could have a monopoly on cricket.
“We all love the history of Test cricket – you will never have situations thrown up in T20 that Test cricket can do to you and you will never be tested as a player as you would in Test cricket. It’s a complete test of everything and it would be sad [if it disappeared], but as a product T20 is going from strength to strength.”
Buttler has played only 18 Tests – the last of which was against India in 2016. He was not a part of the Ashes squad with Ben Foakes preferred as Jonny Baistow’s deputy in Australia.
In the interim, Buttler appeared in the Bangladesh Premier League and then the Big Bash League. In April, he is set to play in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals. He revealed that he is likely to put T20 opportunities ahead of furthering his Test chances by playing more first-class cricket.
“Hopefully the administrators can find a way of making the Test game more popular – it’s awesome and I’d love to be playing in it,” Buttler said ahead of England’s T20 against New Zealand in Wellington, when he is again set to captain the side in Eoin Morgan’s absence.
“(Not making the Ashes squad) was a wake-up call that I have slipped down the ladder in red-ball cricket and white-ball cricket is obviously my strength. I thought if I’m serious about playing red-ball cricket I could give up the white-ball stuff for two years and spend winters playing red ball, but I feel like there are too many opportunities to go down that route.”