Vaughan urges cricket chiefs to save Test match from T20 onslaught

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London, Aug 15 : Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has urged cricket chiefs to act now or face Test match ruin as the direction of the game is changing with the advent of Twenty20 cricket.

Vaughan told the Wisden Cricketer: "Players will be gearing their game towards the Twenty20, more than the five-day format."

"The new generation of 15-20 year olds, are they going to gear themselves towards travelling the world for nine months of the year playing five-day cricket or earn plenty by playing three hour cricket a little bit in India and at home? I'm not too sure," he said.

"Suppose you're a young player and you suddenly come into the England team now, and within the first year you play two Stanfords and earn one million pounds and get an IPL deal. Where's it going to go to?" Vaughan asked.

"That's my fear for the longer format - that the motivation of players will be more geared towards Twenty20 cricket. What we're all saying is that the pinnacle is Test cricket. That's why the administrators have to be clever," he added.


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