“I would love to play for England in all three formats,” says Tom Kohler-Cadmore. “But if you gave me only one career cap to my name, I would pick a Test cap over T20s and ODIs every day of the week.”
Test Match Cricket is all the rage after a memorable week for England and India, with talk of the format’s beauty at fever-pitch.
And Kohler-Cadmore, the Yorkshire and England Lions batsman, would dearly love to be a part of it some day soon.
“The way I see it, Test cricket is the highest and hardest level of the game. It challenges you in more ways,” he explained. “Mentally and physically, you’re under pressure for five days, not to mention the build-up to the series.
“Most one-day or T20s are played on good pitches wherever you are in the world.
“Even in the sub-continent, they’re still true and flat. They might be a bit lower, but they don’t spin massively and play pretty well.
“In a Test Match, you’re getting your full game tested on a deteriorating pitch.”
Kohler-Cadmore was speaking to preview Friday’s second and final Test between England and Sri Lanka at Galle (4.30am UK).
After winning by seven wickets at the same venue on Monday, Joe Root would dearly love to take a 2-0 victory into their next assignment in India at the start of next month.
“I watched the full fourth day evening session on Sunday, and I thought that was so exciting,” continued Kohler-Cadmore.
“The contest England were in, even though they were just chasing 70, was compelling on a turning pitch.
“For a little bit when they were three down early, you were thinking, ‘Surely not!’. But the way Bluey (Jonny Bairstow) played and Dan Lawrence in his first Test, they steadied the ship and got us over the line.
“Watching that match, it was really good for Test cricket bar that first day when Sri Lanka were batting. The rest of it was a brilliant contest.”
It was not just England’s victory which caught the eye. India beating Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane on Tuesday to seal a 2-1 series victory has been hailed as one of Test Cricket’s greatest wins given the tourists plethora of injuries and absentees, including Virat Kohli.
They were also bowled out for just 36 to lose the first Test at Adelaide before Christmas.
“It’s been good to see away teams do so well. So often it happens that teams go to Australia or India and it’s 3-0 or 4-0. Sri Lanka can be the same,” said 26-year-old TKC.
“If you’re a non-Asian team playing in those countries, it’s so far away from your norm that you struggle in those conditions.
“It’s now good to see it becoming more competitive.”
He continued: “England were in charge of pretty much the full first game, and they won the series in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago as well. It’s great to see that we are able to play in spinning conditions, and it shows how hard the players are working.
“It’s great as a viewer back home to be able to say, ‘We’re not certain to lose even though it’s spinning’. That has happened in the past.
“Fingers crossed, this kind of form continues when they go to India.”