Australia might be the number one test side, but former England all-rounder Ian Botham believes that Australia’s test form has rather dipped and nosedived. Botham hinted that due to some individuals in the Australian setup being on the wrong side of 30, there could be future problems which would rise for the Kangaroos.
In his interaction with the media, Botham was extremely skeptical in the way test cricket was functioning. Botham said that cricketers were willing to participate in lucrative T20 leagues, rather than test cricket, considered to be the purest form of the game. The former England all-rounder praised England for their improved test performances and termed them as a “healthy” side. “The England team is in a very healthy position right now with several players is their 20s and they have been playing for a while now,” said Botham.
Adding about Australia, Botham said, “But Australia, they are living on borrowed time in the Test arena. I think they are definitely nose-diving at the moment. From what I gather after talking to a few people, they are not too optimistic about what’s coming out of the hut there.” “I don’t understand this ranking system. In my mind, England and South Africa are the two best teams at the moment,” said Botham, when he was told that as per the rankings, Australia are the number one test side.
Botham also had a message for Indian cricketers. He said that the Indians were over indulging in T20 cricket and that was prohibiting them from playing test cricket. “I am disappointed with Indian cricket right now. Cricket is more than just a 20-over game, they need to understand that. England’s contests with India always used to excite me but right now, I don’t know what to say,” he said. “Test cricket is the real thing but there is a shelf life for every format. I feel Twenty20 should be the bottom of the shelf,” Botham said.