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ICC Test Championship will not undermine Ashes: James Sutherland

James Sutherland

ICC all set to embrace the World Test Championships from 2019, there are a few concerns on how it will impact traditional marquee series like the Ashes.

“I can’t think of any way this denigrates or undermines the Ashes,” Sutherland told reporters after returning from the ICC meetings in Auckland this week. “It’s all positive.”

Sutherland insisted that if anything the championship will only add more context to the matches. “The Ashes will continue to be the biggest Test event that we play, but these matches will have even greater meaning than they do currently, if that’s possible.”

However, he was quick to add that winning the championship will be a great achievement. “It will be highly anticipated as an event but the prestige of winning that championship will be very significant.”

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