Anderson hopes balance is found

02 March 2018 04:38:01 EST

England Test star Jimmy Anderson is not surprised that fellow internationals are reverting to white-ball deals.

Three England players - Adil Rashid, Alex Hales and Reece Topley - have turned their backs on first-class cricket since the turn of the year.

Asked whether it had come as a shock, England's all-time leading wicket-taker said: "No. It was something I kind of thought might happen, with the way contracts have gone.

"There are incentives in white-ball cricket now, especially being able to play all the Twenty20 stuff around the world.

"It's getting quite ludicrous in terms of the money you can earn. I'm not surprised at all and I'm sure there will be other people that follow in the future. The danger for us is that it becomes, not an epidemic, but popular among players to do this."

So what can be done to stop a glut following in the footsteps of the trio committing to limited-overs cricket only?

"I'm not sure what the answer is," the 35-year-old added.

"From an England point of view they have put money into white-ball cricket because our performances in World Cups have not been good enough, and I understand the reasons for that.

"But we have to be careful not to go too one-day, we have to find a balance because there is such a legacy of Test cricket in this country and we can't lose that."

England are 8/11 to win the third ODI against New Zealand while Joe Root is 11/4 to be his side's top batsman in the game.

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