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Started by Bleu11 on Nov 4, 2016 2:29:44 PM
The future of Test Cricket
cozzer - 04 Nov 2016 14:42:28 (#1 of 17)

Thanks for that. I was getting ready to to post some dismissive 'yawn, test cricket is dying, yadda yadda', not another of those articles posts. But actually it's pretty interestnig and measured (I haven't finished reading the whole thing yet though). i have some thoughts which I'll post later, but for now I just want to say

funding is easier for Afghanistan, partly because of support of foreign governments, including Germany and the USA.

Germany and the US are funding cricket in Afghanistan? that sounds like something out of Monty Python.

DugDug - 21 Feb 2017 12:38:23 (#2 of 17)

Does seem a bit weird.

thisonehasalittlehat - 21 Feb 2017 12:39:34 (#3 of 17)

We should send our youngsters out to training camps in Afghanistan.

fogger - 25 Sep 2017 10:58:53 (#4 of 17)

I can't see the Test-hosting county grounds being too keen on four-day matches.

cozzer - 25 Sep 2017 11:13:10 (#5 of 17)

I haven't read the piece (but I'm going to comment anyway, in true internet fashion). Boycott is always banging on about this. I think the fact that many (or most) test matches finish inside four days isn't a good reason for forcing all of them to. A test needs room to breathe. if it's going to last five days, let it, and we might get a more exciting game. Often the four day matches in the championship seem a bit rushed. Look at the number of draws there have been this year.

fogger - 25 Sep 2017 11:20:40 (#6 of 17)

Aye, the Headingley Test this summer was a good example of when a five-day Test lets a match undulate. Not saying a four-day game wouldn't also have resulted in a thrilling conclusion, but it would've been different.

For once, I agree with Graeme Swann on this.

Some of the players would probably like four-day games, as none of them seem prepared to bat longer than a few hours at a stretch, apart from A Cook.

spirali - 26 Sep 2017 00:21:25 (#7 of 17)

the fact that many (or most) test matches finish inside four days

According to this, 58% of Tests in 2016-17 went into a fifth day:

cozzer - 26 Sep 2017 11:02:30 (#8 of 17)

so Geoff Boycott is wrong? I am disappointed.

dreams99 - 13 Oct 2017 06:43:49 (#9 of 17)

Test championship & ODI league confirmed by International Cricket Council -

invicta - 13 Oct 2017 07:05:02 (#10 of 17)

I thought part of Boycott's argument re: 4 day tests was to do with over rates (i.e. increasing the number of overs bowled in a day, let alone insisting that they actually have to bowl 90).

OvendReadyTurkey - 23 Dec 2017 18:36:35 (#11 of 17)


(pun intended)

downbuzz - 17 May 2019 13:50:55 (#12 of 17)

Boycott says what he means and he means what he bloody well says.

cozzer - 26 Jul 2019 15:43:45 (#13 of 17)

Wasn't sure where to post this, but this thread seems apposite

Mohammad Amir (age 27) has retired from test cricket.

DesEsseintes - 26 Jul 2019 16:13:41 (#14 of 17)

Will be missed, the most exciting bowler in test cricket.

kalva44 - 26 Jul 2019 16:23:50 (#15 of 17)

Players, especially Pakistani players who retire at age 27 end up coming back in 6 months.How many times did Afridi retire?

DesEsseintes - 26 Jul 2019 16:26:56 (#16 of 17)

Heh. Well, there is that.

Zymurgy1 - 09 May 2020 07:42:54 (#17 of 17)

Yeah but one was while he had braces and didn’t want to accidentally damage the ball

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