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Nick Compton has questioned whether the increasing demand for short-form cricket has warped how the game defines its leading stars
Nick Compton, right, and Kieron Pollard
"Are the best players in the world the ones who can hit 360 and hit the upper tier or the ones who can defend on fourth stump?"
Nick Compton has questioned whether the increasing demand for short-form cricket has warped how the game defines its leading stars.
Compton, the former England Test batsman, says he was not shocked by the ECB's announcement of plans for 100-ball innings in its franchise competition, which is due to come into place from 2020, but he remains frustrated by what he perceives as an excess focus on white-ball skills.
Speaking to The Cricketers' Inside Cricket podcast, the Middlesex man suggested that in a world of immediacy, some of cricket's more traditional aspects are being marginalised.
Compton wonders whether the game is losing track of traditional skills
"There's part of me that glazed my eyes over a little bit. It seems impermanent, it seems another commercial reaction to try to better the model that's happened over the last 10 years," he said, referring to plans for The Hundred.
"Every business is doing it and cricket falls into that bracket. It's not a surprise.
"There are lots of concepts out there and I think that will continue. I almost don't pay the attention to it that I should because I maintain that Test cricket is what I want to watch. The art of batting is what interests me."
Compton admitted that he was never the type of batsman to make fast runs and satiate the appetite of those whose interest in cricket is motivated by big-hitting.
Pollard is hot property in T20 but where would he be playing first-class cricket?
However, he is unsure whether some of the best-paid stars in the world T20 game would cut it at the top level over four or five days.
He said: "What I battled with a little bit was, 'hey look at these qualities'. Are the best players in the world the ones who can hit 360 and hit the upper tier or the ones who can defend on fourth stump?
"You take Kieron Pollard... put a red ball in front of him and he might not make a club side but he's making millions and millions in the IPL.
"It's easy to talk about my own performances. I did what I did and I stand strong with the gameplan I had. If everyone batted my way, you wouldn't get many bums on seats but seeing off the new ball in Test cricket is a tough job.
"You have to admire players who can do that over a period of time."