Clarke: Windies must prioritise Test cricket


Former Australia captain Michael Clarke said the West Indies' cricketers must prioritise Test cricket if they want to become a force in the world game again.

The Caribbean side were by far the best team on the planet in the late 1980s and have produced some of the biggest names in the game has ever seen.

The Windies though are now nowhere the team that once was, falling down the pecking order and struggling to even compete with the bigger nations.

The regional side fell to a heavy defeat inside three days against the Aussies in the first Test in Hobart and Clarke sees no change to the results unless their best players are playing.

West Indies' best players often opt to play in local T20 tournaments around the world for the larger cash incentive ahead of playing international cricket, something Clarke says the governing body should do something about.

Clarke said: "I think international cricket has to be the priority, T20 tournaments are important and fantastic to watch but I think there's nothing more special than representing your country.

"I've always been a believer Test cricket is the pinnacle but we need the best players playing as well.

"I think it's disappointing for the game and Test match cricket. I'd like to see that changed. That will come down to the ICC and West Indies Cricket Board trying to get together to make it work."