ICC must defend tests, says Anderson


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The International Cricket Council must play a stronger role in protecting Test cricket, according to James Anderson, the spearhead of England's bowling attack. Anderson believes it is up to the ICC to prevent the five-day game from being marginalised.

"We play a lot of one-day cricket – last year we played the Ashes, seven one-dayers in Australia and then the World Cup," Anderson told BBC Sport. "The ICC [has] a big responsibility to the game of Test cricket." The size of the crowds for Test cricket – at least outside England – is a problem, says Anderson. "You watch Test cricket around the world and attendances are dwindling," he said. "We are lucky in England in that crowds are generally sold out, but it is disappointing to see that is slightly different around the world."