Australian cricketers are set to play more T20s (Image courtesy: Getty)
Australian cricketers are set to play more T20s (Image courtesy: Getty)

The decline of popularity in Tests and ODIs prompted ICC to bring in effect a nine-team Test championship and a 13-team ODI league. The 2019 Ashes in England could be the first series played for points under the Test championship. Cricket Australia (CA) CEO James Sutherland, however, said that this revamp would result in Australia playing lesser Tests and more T20Is in order to build for the mega WorldT20 event in 2020. ALSO READ: ICC set to launch 9-team Test, 13-team ODI league from 2019

There will definitely be more (international) T20 cricket, Sutherland told on Friday. But we ll also be quite strategic about it in terms of scheduling matches to create experiences for the development of our team. One of the things we will be doing is thinking carefully about where we might put more emphasis on one-day cricket say leading into World Cups or the Champions Trophy. Then more emphasis on T20 cricket when we are leading into a WT20 event.

Australia might have been cricket s most successful side since its inception, but T20s are one format they haven t managed to dominate. Despite a popular league running back home in BBL and despite their players being stars in IPL, Australia have failed as a unit and have failed to win any of the six World T20s. Their best result was coming runners-up to England in West Indies in 2010.

Australia are currently placed at No.7 in the ICC T20I Rankings.

It s no secret that we think the Australian team underperformed in WT20 events. We want to see better performances. We would like to see a better showing from our team in that event (in 2020) and we will be looking to prepare our team accordingly, Sutherland added.

Sutherland feels that the Test championship will strengthen the oldest format of the game.

I do believe that the prestige and the level of engagement with Test cricket will be higher if we make it more precious. Making it more precious means we play it in certain windows, it has structure, there is context as part of the Test championship … it’s not meaningless and people are wondering why it’s being played. All of those things I think come together to be something that’s very, very exciting for international cricket, he added.