England all-rounder Moeen Ali has admitted he ‘fears’ for the future of Test cricket, and has questioned the attractiveness of the first-class game, Cricbuzz report.
With Ali regularly playing cricket for England in all three formats, international teammates Alex Hales and fellow spinner Adil Rashid have taken a step back from red-ball cricket, and have focused all their attention on the shorter format of the game.
Ali, 30, who endured a tough Ashes campaign with both bat and ball in the 4-0 series defeat, has admitted he hasn’t thought about joining Hales and Rashid in their short format choices.
However, the all-rounder believes that the higher authorities have to consider changes to the longer format whether that be four-day matches or day-night games under lights.
When asked about the latest Ashes series, and the state of Test cricket, Ali said:
Yeah [I fear for Tests]. I feared in the Ashes actually, the crowds were quite disappointing. There were a couple of big days, but even when they [Australia] won the Ashes there weren’t that many celebrating. That’s when I thought, ‘Actually, we’re struggling a bit.’
Ali and England are currently in New Zealand as they prepare for the start of their tour, which includes a day-night test in Auckland next month.