David Warner expresses doubt about test cricket's future and laments "where cricket is really going"
David Warner, an Australian opening batsman, has voiced scepticism on the future of test cricket. In a media interview, Warner said that young players who are only concerned with playing white-ball cricket may not get the opportunity to play red-ball cricket anytime soon.
The 35-year-old described an instance of communication between himself and Oliver Davies as follows:
"I recently spoke with (Davies). He enjoys playing white-ball cricket, therefore I don't see him ever switching to red-ball cricket, Warner told the press. He can obviously play if he puts his mind to it. But I'm a little worried about what will happen in the next five to ten years and the direction that cricket will really go.
"That's the legacy you should want to leave behind. I'd love for players coming through to play red-ball cricket and test cricket."
Top Australian cricketers Tim David, Chris Lynn, and Marcus Stoinis have all had successful international T20 careers without taking part in any tests. They were the exception, according to Warner, who said that most players would benefit more by increasing their test cricket worth.
The 36-year-old said that "there has only been a tiny number of persons who have been able to achieve it and have a lengthy career (without testing)".
"With all the leagues and other things going on right now, they just think short term. Making a reputation for yourself is the greatest method to receive value for your money.
Warner has participated in more than 200 international limited overs games and 101 tests.