Time for red and white ball to be side by side?

As COVID-19 continues to put the cricket season on hold, questions are being raised about how a packed international schedule can be completed, with the West Indies’ tour in June now delayed and no professional cricket until July. One particularly interesting idea floated by Jos Buttler a couple of weeks ago is playing dual format internationals, whereby England could play a T20 and a test match at the same time in different areas.

Being a test puritan who has often thought T20 Internationals are quite pointless given the amount of franchise T20, the prospect of dual formats has always been in the back of my mind. Australia have already done it twice in 2014 and 2017 with relative success, and the nature of the game today makes it a very viable option for cricket going forward.

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