Ben Stokes does not want rules of Test cricket to be changed
New Delhi : England’s ace all-rounder Ben Stokes on Tuesday expressed his reservations on keeping the Test cricket as it is and not implement any change to it. He claimed that the Test cricket will lose its sheen if it was tinkered and any sort of changes were made to make it more commercial.
During a podcast organised by IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, the 28-year-old Stokes also expressed his admiration for the world’s number one Test batsman – Steve Smith.
“For me, Test cricket is the pinnacle. There’s been a lot of talk recently about Test cricket dying, but I don’t know where that comes from,” Stokes said.
“You ask all the players who, or maybe not all the players, but I know the likes of Virat (Kohli) and (Joe) Root have spoken about how Test cricket is where you really get tested.
“It’s where you find out what you are really about as a cricketer and for me it is the purest form of the sport. It has to stay around, it would be a sad, sad day if Test cricket was changed. If they are going to change the rules, I think they should call it ‘easy cricket’,” the flamboyant Englishman said.