Darren Lehmann © Getty Images
Darren Lehmann © Getty Images

The future of Test cricket has been a hotly-debated topic in recent weeks after Moeen Ali questioned its longevity. Moeen felt that the general disinterest among the public in the recently concluded Ashes is a sign of things to come. Australia’s head coach Darren Lehmann now has rubbished his claims. Speaking to cricket.com.au, Lehmann said: “I thought the Ashes crowds were fantastic, our crowds were great. I think they broke all records, whether they were at the ground or watching, streaming or listening on the radio.  It was an outstanding Test series. I’m not sure where that comes from, from Moeen, but that’s his opinion.

“From my point of view as a cricket fan, I loved it. It was great.  I thought it was intense cricket. The games could have gone either way. For me, I think Test cricket is alive, and we only had to see the way people turned up to the whole game throughout the summer.”

Moeen’s ODI skipper Eoin Morgan also sounded alarm bells, when he said that money needs to be pumped in Test cricket if it needs to survive in this day and age of T20s and T10s.