Australian news October 12, 2010

Cricket Australia changes tune on Test value

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Cricket Australia has downgraded its rating of Tests as the most important form after its chief executive James Sutherland said there was now "a fine balance" between the priorities of five-day fixtures and the Twenty20 Champions League. Sutherland's comments come after Michael Hussey was not allowed to leave the tournament in South Africa early because his team, Chennai Super Kings, had reached the final.

Staying for the decider, which Chennai won last month, meant Hussey and Doug Bollinger did not arrive in India to prepare for the first Test until three days before the match. Bollinger suffered a stomach injury during the game in Mohali and Hussey felt out of touch.

"Michael Hussey made it clear to CA before and during the CLT20 that his strong preference and preferred intention was to leave earlier than the final to prepare for the Test series in India," Sutherland said. "It was only because of our requirement and the performance of his franchise that he stayed until the end of the CLT20 final.

"Michael had nothing but the best intentions of preparing for and playing for his country as his absolute priority but there was a fine balance between a high profile, elite club T20 competition and preparing for international cricket."

Previously, interrupting the preparation for a Test was unthinkable but Twenty20 is changing the rules. Cricket Australia is one of the organisers of the Champions League and Sutherland said it was important for all three formats to prosper.

"In this case, the scheduling was difficult, particularly after the decision to play Tests in the current series, and it is a fact of life that scheduling of elite cricket - which we have sometimes described as being as difficult as trying to play chess in three dimensions - will create tough decisions from time to time," Sutherland said. India's MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina experienced the same length of preparation as Hussey and Bollinger.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • Chris_Howard on October 13, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    And, it's no irony that Australia just lost the Test series 2-0 and Australia's fall down the Test rankings continues. No wonder. It's time to go, James Sutherland.

  • popcorn on October 13, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    I hope you are happy with the coffers of Cricket australia full of IPL and Champions League money,Jimmy Sutherland,while Australia lose both Tests to India,lose Dougie Bollinger and Mike Hussey to T20. Sic. Dougie would have won the Mohali Test dor us and wiould definitely be a good partner to Johnson and Hilfenhaus. Enough of you, Jimmy Sutherland. Retire.

  • silly_mid_on on October 13, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    It needs to be a separate game, like Rugby League and Rugby Union. Let the players decide their cricket pathway.

  • ste13 on October 13, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    There is nothing strange in Mr. Sutherland's comment. Australia are declining as test cricket force, so let them play the game they are capable of. India interest in the game has grown since they are number 1 in the world, so we should not worry. It is just Aussies problem that they are moving outside top five test nations.

  • sreeb on October 13, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    magic of test cricket is that you have a the best of talent in display and you got the right people to test that (bowlers and batters, these days even fielding is become an integral part of the test match.). I am really proud to be an Indian and ardent fan of cricket Australia for playing such a wonderful series, IN THE RIGHT SPIRIT. thats how you see things in prespective.. i can hardly remember the chaos from past few months in test cricket (Pak Vs Eng). Series such as these (Ind Vs Aus) helps keep test cricket alive. I was there for the 1st day in chinnaswamy stadium and it was a very goood crowd cheeering and supporting both the teams. Bangalore Rocks in this spirit.We support the game more than the Individuals (ofcourse Sachin and Ricky were stupendous). I was able to see one of my all time fav Punter(ricky) bat for 70 odd runs thats was a great thing for me, wish i was there on 2nd and 3rd day so that i can see God (Sach) bat too :(

  • howizzat on October 13, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Hussey should have read his priorities well before. If he cannot adapt, then he should have opted out from one of them. If he say I will play only half CLT20 then it amounts to greed and injustice to CSK as well. The iternary is before you in advance and player has no voice in scheduling it. So its kiddish on part of Mike and is rather a rude shock from Australia's most matured player. Afterall its an excuse. Clerke also set his priorities well and came well prepared but performed well below par. If Aussies think its only ASHES that matters to them then they will have it like this, in every other country. As far as Aussie cheif is concerned, thank God he finally understood that T20 is here to stay and abalance between T20 and Tests is needed.

  • on October 13, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    If you Aussies feel so upset then Boycott the Ashes Series this winter !!!

  • popcorn on October 13, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    It is time for Jimmy Sutherland to be shown the door. EVERY Australian Cricketer value the Baggy Green - Jimmy has never worn one, so how will he know? Mike Hussey and Dougie Bollinger have been victimds of T20. Dougie's fitness cost us the first Test against India at Mohali.Mike Hussey has played poorly in both Tests. Jimmy is more excited by money - not the pride of playing for Australia in Test Cricket. He is a wham,bam,slodgers park ,man. Hit him out of the Cricket Australia park for a six, before HE CREATES A MESS>

  • on October 13, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    It has come to a time where longer is Cricket Australia concerned with the Green and Gold, but simply and purely the Gold. Maybe it shouldn't be the Baggy Green but the Baggy Gold?? This would surely represent the view of the Administration, and indeed a number of players that choose to play 20/20, which you have to respect the Australian Players who choose to not take part in these Competitions. 20/20 is comparable to backyard cricket, where as Test's are your Grade/Club Cricket. 20/20 should not be played on a International Level, as it is more refined for the money, not the skill, and if it must exist, only as competitions such as the IPL and Champions League. Cricket needs a return to be a 'Gentleman's' Game, and where playing for your country is a Privilege, not a Right, where you play for the passion of the game, and not as an ends to a mean. We need less Test Series' but more Test Matches, 2 is not adequate for the importance of Test Cricket. Bring on more 4-5 Match Test Series!

  • MasterClass on October 13, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    It's confirmed. CA & Sutherland are bonkers! Huss whining about CLT20 is disgraceful but come on, Test is the ultimate form of cricket and always should be!

  • Chris_Howard on October 13, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    And, it's no irony that Australia just lost the Test series 2-0 and Australia's fall down the Test rankings continues. No wonder. It's time to go, James Sutherland.

  • popcorn on October 13, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    I hope you are happy with the coffers of Cricket australia full of IPL and Champions League money,Jimmy Sutherland,while Australia lose both Tests to India,lose Dougie Bollinger and Mike Hussey to T20. Sic. Dougie would have won the Mohali Test dor us and wiould definitely be a good partner to Johnson and Hilfenhaus. Enough of you, Jimmy Sutherland. Retire.

  • silly_mid_on on October 13, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    It needs to be a separate game, like Rugby League and Rugby Union. Let the players decide their cricket pathway.

  • ste13 on October 13, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    There is nothing strange in Mr. Sutherland's comment. Australia are declining as test cricket force, so let them play the game they are capable of. India interest in the game has grown since they are number 1 in the world, so we should not worry. It is just Aussies problem that they are moving outside top five test nations.

  • sreeb on October 13, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    magic of test cricket is that you have a the best of talent in display and you got the right people to test that (bowlers and batters, these days even fielding is become an integral part of the test match.). I am really proud to be an Indian and ardent fan of cricket Australia for playing such a wonderful series, IN THE RIGHT SPIRIT. thats how you see things in prespective.. i can hardly remember the chaos from past few months in test cricket (Pak Vs Eng). Series such as these (Ind Vs Aus) helps keep test cricket alive. I was there for the 1st day in chinnaswamy stadium and it was a very goood crowd cheeering and supporting both the teams. Bangalore Rocks in this spirit.We support the game more than the Individuals (ofcourse Sachin and Ricky were stupendous). I was able to see one of my all time fav Punter(ricky) bat for 70 odd runs thats was a great thing for me, wish i was there on 2nd and 3rd day so that i can see God (Sach) bat too :(

  • howizzat on October 13, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Hussey should have read his priorities well before. If he cannot adapt, then he should have opted out from one of them. If he say I will play only half CLT20 then it amounts to greed and injustice to CSK as well. The iternary is before you in advance and player has no voice in scheduling it. So its kiddish on part of Mike and is rather a rude shock from Australia's most matured player. Afterall its an excuse. Clerke also set his priorities well and came well prepared but performed well below par. If Aussies think its only ASHES that matters to them then they will have it like this, in every other country. As far as Aussie cheif is concerned, thank God he finally understood that T20 is here to stay and abalance between T20 and Tests is needed.

  • on October 13, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    If you Aussies feel so upset then Boycott the Ashes Series this winter !!!

  • popcorn on October 13, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    It is time for Jimmy Sutherland to be shown the door. EVERY Australian Cricketer value the Baggy Green - Jimmy has never worn one, so how will he know? Mike Hussey and Dougie Bollinger have been victimds of T20. Dougie's fitness cost us the first Test against India at Mohali.Mike Hussey has played poorly in both Tests. Jimmy is more excited by money - not the pride of playing for Australia in Test Cricket. He is a wham,bam,slodgers park ,man. Hit him out of the Cricket Australia park for a six, before HE CREATES A MESS>

  • on October 13, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    It has come to a time where longer is Cricket Australia concerned with the Green and Gold, but simply and purely the Gold. Maybe it shouldn't be the Baggy Green but the Baggy Gold?? This would surely represent the view of the Administration, and indeed a number of players that choose to play 20/20, which you have to respect the Australian Players who choose to not take part in these Competitions. 20/20 is comparable to backyard cricket, where as Test's are your Grade/Club Cricket. 20/20 should not be played on a International Level, as it is more refined for the money, not the skill, and if it must exist, only as competitions such as the IPL and Champions League. Cricket needs a return to be a 'Gentleman's' Game, and where playing for your country is a Privilege, not a Right, where you play for the passion of the game, and not as an ends to a mean. We need less Test Series' but more Test Matches, 2 is not adequate for the importance of Test Cricket. Bring on more 4-5 Match Test Series!

  • MasterClass on October 13, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    It's confirmed. CA & Sutherland are bonkers! Huss whining about CLT20 is disgraceful but come on, Test is the ultimate form of cricket and always should be!

  • L.Ryan on October 13, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Test cricket is the pinnacle of cricket, and human achievement, and always will be. Limited-overs cricket is quite simply limiting: the world's best players in scenarios where everything is limited; bowlers are limited in what they can bowl, captains are limited by bowling and fielding restrictions, and batsman are limited by the tick of the ever-shortening clock. T20 has a place, as does ODI cricket, but Test cricket is not only the pinnacle of the game, but the world's most enchanting contest; as such, it must be treasured, and placed at the game's highest priority. Sutherland's rhetoric is dangerous and must be curtailed.

  • ygkd on October 13, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    Unfortunately, I don't really need to be told this is the direction CA is heading. In my home state I see skilled under age cricketers with prospects in the longer forms of the game disregarded for more T20 type medium pace hitters. I presume it is much the same elsewhere.

  • MinusZero on October 13, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Tests are best. I pass on the hit and giggle. How many T20 games twist and turn along the way...none. Tests change day by day on who is favourite. I would rather watch a test series anyday.

  • Vroooom on October 12, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    I dont understand all the hullaballoo aroun T20 vs Tests. One of the reasons T20s end up being hit and giggle is the fact that it is relatively new and teams still have to figure out the right way to play it. Test cricket has had a couple of hundred years to figure it out.

    A couple of decades down the line when T20 or a shorter version is the dominant version, people will laugh at all the old fogs who lamented its dawn. Taking the analogy to football or basketball, I am sure given time, people could come up with a more skill oriented, slower, longer version which would test the players skills, endurance and strategic ability but will it sell on TV and reach a global audience? I am sure it will have its niche but the sports cannot be truly global and reach out to younger generations in new countries.

  • CustomKid on October 12, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    This is pretty sad to read in all honesty, especially as an Australian.

    I love test and ODI's but I'm yet to watch a CLT20 or IPL match from start to finish. It just lacks polish and simply doesn't have the drama that test amtch cricket provides. Close finishes in T20's just don't have any impact on me personally as I really don't care for these mixed teams. These last two tests in Indian have been great seesawing battles despite my team not winning and most likely to go down 2 nil. T20 doesn't hold a flame to test which have results like these two games'. While T20 requires skill of a different kind, restricing fields, on small ovals just doens't cut it I'm sorry. As a thirty year old I guess I fall in to the T20 market but I hope it dies sooner rather than later. Nothing provides the drama of 5 days that when all is said and done can end in a win, loss, tie, or draw. LONG LIVE TEST MATCH CRICKET

  • redneck on October 12, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    i think cricket australias priorities should mirror the australian cricket public! they yak on and on about "the australian cricket family" prehaps they should survey them on what the priorities should be. the champions20/20 thing wasnt really followed all that closely here. its only because of indias money not public interest that they have changed, and thats not right! as for scheduling, its not rocket science!!!! the secret being dont try to jam tournements in last minute into a already full calender. 2 full test and ODI tours away and 2 at home every year for each test playing nation isnt hard to do, and it leaves about half a year for mickey mouse cricket which is apparently just as important?!?!?! to whom exactly i dont know? but they must be important because ive lived in australia my whole life and im yet to meet an aussie that supports his state side more than the national team!

  • Governor on October 12, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    James Sutherland and Cricket Australia are submitting to the dollars of the lovely Indian Cricket Board. With the ICC being controlled by India, world cricket has gone backwards. As my late father says, "You never trust an Indian". India is one of the worse countries where the gap between the rich and poor is enormous and the country is one of the most racist countries in the world. And, the Australian Govenment allow Indians to migrate to this country to take jobs away from Australian born citizens whose parents migrated to Australia a long time ago where migration rules were tough!! Comeon!! The decision to hand over political power to India is the worse decision the world has ever made.

  • on_the_level on October 12, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    A "fine balance" between the two, eh! That's terrible, coming from the #1 Test nation. Oh, wait on, they're not #1 any more. Ok then.

  • on October 12, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Further to my comments, I make following adjustments. Not drawn series are to be given minus points and loosing series are to be given plus points, but drawn matches are to be given minus points and loosing matches are to be given plus points. In this way every match will be interesting and the home team will make lively wickets. The teams will take risks in wining a match instead trying to draw it. Declarations from the captains will be more interesting and trying to take the risk of winning than drawing the match or batting the opposition out of the match.

  • on October 12, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    To bring the crowds back to the game. All test series are to be 3 matches. Unfortunately the Ashes has to be 3 matches as well. This adjustment at the beginning may be awkward but crowds will get used to it. Have a proper calendar for the entire test playing nations to play each other twice (home and away) in 2 separate divisions. Matches played in the lower division will be very competitive, if they have to perform well to come to the higher division and the matches in the higher division will be closely contested if they have the fear of dropping to the lower division. After end of a single calendar period the best team of the lower division will be promoted to the higher division and the worst team of the higher division will be demoted to the lower division. Drawn series are to be given minus points and the losing teams are to be given plus points, in this way the home team will not prepare dead tracks and instead prepare live wickets.

  • on October 12, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Test cricket is not dead. How much we try to kill it, it will never be dead. Sure the crowds have dropped and T20 has full houses but test cricket will always be the ultimate winner of all forms. If everything goes well then Australia should win the 2nd test in India and what a finish this will be. Final day of the test match and wicket favouring bowlers. We have tried to kill test cricket by so many different ways. However the main culprits are the wickets we prepare. To have a test like that in India or the Ashes we had in England will bring the crowds back to test cricket. All we need to do is to prepare results oriented wickets and not dead tracks that are boring to watch and kill the game. There is no great cricket math than a test match that is closely contested between evenly matched teams. Long live test cricket.

  • on October 12, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    There should be separate names for both forms sport.....Test Cricket should be called "Cricket" as we all do, and T20 should be called "Batball" just like "baseball" ....looks to me more closer to baseball than cricket. Where specialists like Dravid or Amla have to sit outside and sloggers like Yousuf Pathans and Pollards are celebrities.....batball....isn't it

  • on October 12, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Sometime in the not to distant future I see Cricket becoming like football. Provincial sides bleating that their players are being called away for international duty, not asking "why hasn't player X been selected for international duty?"

  • on October 12, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    oh CA! not you too! the last nail is driven in the coffin now. if test cricket is alive today, it is largely due to Australia who set an example for others to follow.

  • on October 12, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Hey guys...look forward to more wonderful TWO-test series at this rate! I only consider the CLT20 elite in the sense that it has the teams winning other meaningless T20 competitions around the world...anyone who has watched those matches knows that it does not exhibit 'elite' cricketing skills (dropped catches all and sundry, misfields for fun, bowling that struggles for any relevance etc.). Oh and the prestige...of a tournament that has existed for a whopping two years...Not terribly sure that it is the fans, and not the administrators, who are killing test cricket (see with your own eyes how much support Bangalore's fans give test cricket). Would not have expected this from Cricket Australia. Disappointed.

  • big_cheese on October 12, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    I can clearly see that some 'T-20' fans are worried over the importance being given to the real 'Test' cricket.

    Got a piece of advice to them: Stop following anything that has a 'Test' in its content (filter it). Keep following the crazy cricket (it's not quite cricket anymore, but for the lack of correct replacement word, I decided to leave it as is) where the boundaries are 60 yards (max) and 40 yards (min). Keep praising/appreciating the players of whom 90% do not succeed in the higher level.

    FYI, I am in the USA and it is night time for me when test matches in India are played. Every single night, I have been awake to watch the entire play (barring the breaks). Now, this doesn't make me any superior, but what it reinstates is the value of 'Test' Cricket in real fans.

    big cheese

  • Biggsey on October 12, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    This makes me want to cry. I used to dream about my children playing test cricket for England, now I worry that I will have to explain to my grandchildren about a great and wonderful game that was loved by many but was destroyed by a few who went chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

  • on October 12, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    James Sutherland is just like most administrators in sports, just looking for money and treating this too much like business without having a clue about how to run the show from a sporting sense. What he's trying to do is alienate the core audience who would pay good money to watch a test match (myself included) in order to get an audience who wouldn't know what cricket really is like.

  • denny.abr on October 12, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Hussey needs to find a better excuse for his non-performance.Look at the indians who played for CSK - Vijay and raina seems to have no difficultly fitting into their test attires. Yes, its not the most ideal preparations for a test match. But the fact of the matter is , whether he likes it or not, hussey is awfully out of form. After all T20's are still played with a bat and a ball and its still very much cricket!(though not the purest)...how can a few T20 inning make him play so terribly!! ... bet on the Aussies blaming CLT20 for the Ashes loss as well!...

  • Hoggy_1989 on October 12, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    James Sutherland is a bewildered fool if he really believes such things. What he's saying is that T20 club cricket should be on a par with international Test cricket. ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? The faster CLT20, the IPL and all T20 in general dies...the better the game of cricket will be. Players that are good enough will play real cricket, the real dedicated fans will keep watching, curators will start making real pitches (I see the ones in India have finally done so for this current Test series, let's see if they can keep it up)...and all the wishy-washy IPL fans can buzz off and watch something else. I hear baseball is pretty good :P

  • Jainsa on October 12, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Now what even hussy is not able to perform in the 2nd test as well still he will blame the CLT20 for his poor performance ????? and dhoni and raina playing welll and performing good so i think he needs to think a lot before he speaks to media .....

  • NBRADEE on October 12, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    If Test cricket is the ultimate, why are there so many flaming two-Test, one-off stupid series being played for the ultimate prize trophies, e.g. Gavaskar-Chappel, Wisden, et al??? Next thing, the Ashes will be played over three Tests in Abu Dhabi, and many of you will want T20 to shift their schedule to allow that aberration, too!

    If the current series was not scheduled as PONTING had suggested in his 'worth' comments, no one would even bat an eye over 'old' Mike Hussey, now would they???

    Put it down to this - man management in the selection process by the Aussies was poor, if they could find no one on their depth charts to replace a sinking middle order batsman!

    If you truly want Tests to remain prominent, stop scheduling them as often as they are being played between the top tier teams, as 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'...

    However, you should all ask Peter English to quote the new stance of CA to see if the author is genuine about ALL of Mr. Sutherland's comments...

  • on October 12, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    People can say whatever they want, but Cricketers who will NEVER get a chance to represent their Countries get a chance on the BIG STAGE playing in the CL20. Its only a matter of time before International Club competitions become the favoured format, people are tired of the SAME 8 countries playing each other. Club cricket will bring in more Teams and more players from different countries. Sutherland is RIGHT ON THE MONEY!

  • squidhead on October 12, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    These are dark times for the game, what with Pakistan self-destructing and the various ongoing problems with Zimbabwe, West Indies and Bangladesh. Test cricket should be thriving - when else have the remaining countries (apart from NZ) been so evenly matched? When has is ever been more interesting? Here's the thing: if we lose tests, and that is a distinct possibility, there is no arena to showcase the highest skills of the game. The whole thing will be is slather and whack, flat deck thoughtless brutality and desultory, unengaging bowling accompanied by air horns and dancing girls, completely devoid of nuance, grace, endurance and strategy. It won't matter how global the game is, or how many tickets you sell, it will be an utterly pointless and forgettable spectacle, a hollow mockery of a once great and unique game. There is no "balance" to be had, the sideshow must learn its place. Shame on you, Sutherland, if you too have been swayed by the money men.

  • on October 12, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    An absolute disgrace. CA is selling it's soul by placing t20 on this pedestal. T20 is all well and good, but it cannot come ath expense of Test Match cricket, the purest form of the game.

    What will we have left? CAm I urge you, don't let the greedy BCCI dictate all your actions. Stand up for what you know is RIGHT. What will we have left if we let Tests lose their primacy?

    When MS Dhoni decided he needed a rest from the 2008 SL Test series, he mortaly damamged his reputation in my eyes. Listen to your players CA. Guys like Clarke and Hussey still love Tests so much more than all other forms, and we adore them for it.

    Don't give in. Test Cricket Forever!

  • eyballfallenout on October 12, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    @Venna Siva Ramakrishna Reddy you are obviously not a big cricket fan,or are you the type that leave when tendulka is out and not rate anyone else on the field. 40 overs straight? c,mon when on holidays i wont miss an over of test matchs, at work i will have the score on my desk top all day..... I think most cricket lovers are like this. This india series i have not missed an over yet.

  • eyballfallenout on October 12, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    I have just downgraded my opinion of cricket Australia............

  • on October 12, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    its funny reading aussies harping abouttest cricket having always the most important in their cricketing culture.

    If I recall correctly, even guys like chappell, rod marsh, lillee, david hookes, thommo and most of tht era - considered legends now, almost all of them - opted for money over country when it came in the form of packer and WSC.

    So whats changed now?

    Just the fact that the money is coming from elsewhere and that elsewhere is not Australia? Australian cricketers playing a full county season in between series was always fine with board and public. So why not a month of IPL that pays them enough to last a lifetime?

    And like most cricnfo readers have already pointed out, if you think you cant cope with it, dnt sign up. But if you have signed up, be a bloody man and honour your word without cribbing like sore losers!

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 12, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Are 1000 friends on Facebook wiorth even a second glance? Does being voted for on X factor make you a star for more than 5 minutes? Is processed cheese better for you than Farmhouse mature cheddar? Does 20/20 mean anything in reality at all? One day 'real' will be important again. Till then God hel;p us all. Personally I look forward to Sachin's 50th Test century. I don't think he does 20/20. Chairmen are expendable. Sutherland needs a change of job. You can omly hype it up so far.

  • bobagorof on October 12, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    James Sutherland has just opened the door for all Australian players to choose a 'high-profile, elite club T20 competition' over international matches. This, presumably, would include any domestic cricket around the globe as they are the pinnacle of cricket in that area. So, this then means that Sutherland does not consider international matches to be of more value than high-profile domestic matches. So all those players hungering after the Baggy Green and wanting to represent Australia are being told by the head of Australian Cricket that they should in fact go where the money is, rather than playing for their country. This man should resign. We've had two of the most gripping Test matches in a long time being played in India, a wonderful endorsement for the game as a whole - or to put it in terms that the modern administrator can appreciate: How much revenue does a packed stadium bring in over 5 days??

  • batforindia on October 12, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Boris72, CL T20 is not a domestic competition, its an international competition. Hussry and Bollinger need to find a genuine reason for Aussie failure, and that is, the team is not good enough now.

  • fastcrew on October 12, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Now everybody is taking the mickey out of T20 cos one Aussie player is blaming the shortest form of the game for his poor form. Great cricketers from all over the world respect the T20 cricket...and CLT20 has given domestic cricketers an international change. Dont get me wrong: Test Cricket will always be No.1. But T20 is globalising cricket and cocky purists who want T20 gone are just not respecting the game.

  • on October 12, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Why everyone keep on telling that Test cricket is more important than T20?? Please answer my question that " How many of you really watch continuously 40 overs of a test match?". Open your eyes and see the fact that even in India total spectators for a test match is equal to an IPL match. Everyone from spectators, players, boards are getting what they want in just 3 hours of a T20 match.

  • on October 12, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    What a shame. T20 should never be compared to Test cricket. Test cricket is the pinnacle of cricketing, and I am sure most Australians would also think so. T20 sucks. I don't think anyone in Australia would rate T20 as even close to being the "most important" form of cricket. Mr Sutherland is just trying to find a defence for the decisions CA made w/r to Mike Hussey. What a joke.

  • whippersnapper on October 12, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    That's disgraceful. Very disappointing from Sutherland. Trumpoz has it spot on. If we must have this hit n giggle cheap form of the game with the IPL and the rest of it, there definately needs to be a window created. Test cricket is the ultimate and must remain the ultimate.

  • Hodra99 on October 12, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    What a ridiculous article....the heading is very misleading. Australia still values tests as the ultimate, Sutherland is just 'toeing the line'...money talks, and lip service pays..

  • on October 12, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    that is the most disgusting thing i've ever heard. shame sutherland shame. if he was to explain how the IPL contracts etc work this would have been a completely different issue. to go out and compare & contrast the baggy green with t20 cricket is feral to say the least...

  • 512fm on October 12, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    T20 in general is a disgrace..

  • on October 12, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    They will change words according to their needs. But Test cricket is the real "test". He knows that but the money, contract, sponsors, makes him talk like that. Also the aussies test team is being beaten nowadays. So safer option. Make hay while the sun shines.

  • on October 12, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Are you suggesting that Hussey and Bollinger did not know the schedule of CL20 and the start of the test series? Why they did not ask for CA's permission earlier and why they waited for so long until CSK reached the finals? Does that mean, they did not expect CSK to reach the finals? thats being so unprofessional on the part of Hussey and Bollinger@ And finally, Hussey and Bollinger signed a contract with CSK; now its entirely up to them to honour it or not. Why CA should be dragged here? There was no indication that CSK forced them to play.. so its time Hussey stopped blabbering and start getting into form.

  • Boris72 on October 12, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Don't agree with that. That's saying that a domestic competition final is more important than playing for your country. Even though there is the money and contracts and everything, it is only domestic cricket and therefore should always, always make way for international cricket, whatever it is. Plus it's T20 and pointless.

  • markhansen1983 on October 12, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    One could argue this is the most important article/information given by CA in the last few years. Certainly very sad news for the future of test cricket, and for the players aspiring to play test cricket.

  • on October 12, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Test cricket will always be the highest form of the game. T20 is just a passing fad. Sadly cricket administrators are more interested in making short term profit than ensuring the long term future of the game.

  • trumpoz on October 12, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    James Sutherland should wash his mouth out with soap after that sort of statement. CLT20 as important as representing your country - that is a disgrase. Test cricket has always been the pinnacle of the game as players represent their country.

    But the bigger issue is scheduling..... a window for IPL and CLT20 needs to be made and the ICC needs to grow a set and make it happen. At least that way preparation for the ultimate form of cricket is not interrupted by the McDonalds form. (yes I am biased)

  • on October 12, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    good point...micheal should concentrate on playing for country...

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  • on October 12, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    good point...micheal should concentrate on playing for country...

  • trumpoz on October 12, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    James Sutherland should wash his mouth out with soap after that sort of statement. CLT20 as important as representing your country - that is a disgrase. Test cricket has always been the pinnacle of the game as players represent their country.

    But the bigger issue is scheduling..... a window for IPL and CLT20 needs to be made and the ICC needs to grow a set and make it happen. At least that way preparation for the ultimate form of cricket is not interrupted by the McDonalds form. (yes I am biased)

  • on October 12, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Test cricket will always be the highest form of the game. T20 is just a passing fad. Sadly cricket administrators are more interested in making short term profit than ensuring the long term future of the game.

  • markhansen1983 on October 12, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    One could argue this is the most important article/information given by CA in the last few years. Certainly very sad news for the future of test cricket, and for the players aspiring to play test cricket.

  • Boris72 on October 12, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Don't agree with that. That's saying that a domestic competition final is more important than playing for your country. Even though there is the money and contracts and everything, it is only domestic cricket and therefore should always, always make way for international cricket, whatever it is. Plus it's T20 and pointless.

  • on October 12, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Are you suggesting that Hussey and Bollinger did not know the schedule of CL20 and the start of the test series? Why they did not ask for CA's permission earlier and why they waited for so long until CSK reached the finals? Does that mean, they did not expect CSK to reach the finals? thats being so unprofessional on the part of Hussey and Bollinger@ And finally, Hussey and Bollinger signed a contract with CSK; now its entirely up to them to honour it or not. Why CA should be dragged here? There was no indication that CSK forced them to play.. so its time Hussey stopped blabbering and start getting into form.

  • on October 12, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    They will change words according to their needs. But Test cricket is the real "test". He knows that but the money, contract, sponsors, makes him talk like that. Also the aussies test team is being beaten nowadays. So safer option. Make hay while the sun shines.

  • 512fm on October 12, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    T20 in general is a disgrace..

  • on October 12, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    that is the most disgusting thing i've ever heard. shame sutherland shame. if he was to explain how the IPL contracts etc work this would have been a completely different issue. to go out and compare & contrast the baggy green with t20 cricket is feral to say the least...

  • Hodra99 on October 12, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    What a ridiculous article....the heading is very misleading. Australia still values tests as the ultimate, Sutherland is just 'toeing the line'...money talks, and lip service pays..