County cricket could see a radical change — including the 18 sides competing across three formats to and crown the overall champion as England great Andrew Strauss is planning a major shake-up of domestic cricket following the Test side’s Ashes debacle.

Strauss, who was England cricket’s managing director on an interim basis before Rob Key took over recently, will be conducting a “high performance review” of domestic cricket, a report in dailymail.co.uk said that it has emerged that a “(multi- ) format similar to that used to decide the women’s Ashes could be put in place to decide the county champions”.

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The report said that if such a thing happens, it would be “the most radical changes to English cricket since the one-day game’s launch in 1963, with the merger of the County Championship, One-Day Cup and T20 Blast in a format similar to that used to decide the women’s Ashes”.

Strauss’s high-performance review is scheduled to begin next month following Rob Key being appointed managing director of England men’s cricket this week.

Former England Test captain Joe Root, who stepped down recently following series losses in Australia and the Caribbean, has been critical of the County system, saying, “Anyone that’s coming into this Test team at the minute is doing it in spite of county cricket, not because of county cricket.

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