I do like the logic of what you've set out DaveMorton 10/8 split with the aim to win, rather than playing with the constant fear of losing.If you have a Premier League, and two equal leagues feeding into it, you avoid the pitfalls of a 3rd division, where all the ambitious players leave because it will take years to get to the top with their clubs. This is actually what Strauss wants.
His proposal is a play-off, of the two conference winners, for only one promotion spot. So obviously any decent player will leave, especially as the next step will be to announce England teams will be selected only from the Premier League. Initially, all the players will leave the relegated club, most joining the promoted one, until they ring-fence it, which they will do when they get six Test grounds in it. There are 8 such grounds, and guess which ones will miss out.
Imagine a top league of six. Fear of relegation will be the overriding fact, it will colour every game, because once you're down, you could be down for years. That's why the 10/8 current split is better than the 8/10 one was. (Obviously 9/9, but we're dealing with idiots.) I've said this before. England play without fear of relegation. So we lose the Ashes? We nearly always have. It doesn't mean next year we'll be playing Zim and Bangladesh and Ireland. We'll be playing India and Australia again.
It's easy to play Bazball when there are no consequences. Cracking game, shake hands, see you next season. Not so easy when defeat is a potential death sentence, as in our game at Old Trafford. Note Somerset's caution last week, same thing, except they won anyway.
I'm all for change, if it's an improvement. Prefer to keep what we have ( preferably without a Blundered though I know that's not open for discussion).
I used to put England first but to me now ,it's a sideshow, Yorkshire red-ball first, 50white ball 2nd, T20 3rd =Tests 3rd, Blundered never.