January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
This is possibly the only time that I would use a phrase by Kitch, but I have to admit that the old geyser says it best when he refers to T20 as “Swish Clunk” (spelling?)
Being a cricket player myself and watching cricket whenever I can, I have to say that I am very dissapointed with Test Cricket at the moment. Dont get me wrong, Test Cricket is healthy and at the moment a joy to watch, but I cant help to think that “Swish Clunk” is the downfall of many a Test Cricketer, with Kallis and Dravid the exceptions.
The reason I say this is the fact that for the last 3-4 months I cannot recall a Test going the full 5 days, except the Bangladesh series. Have the batsmen lost the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time? Do they still know where their off stumps are? Are they so obsessed with achieving high runrates? Or, are the groundsman to blame? Have the batsmen lost their skill? So many Questions.
My dissapointment is therefore not with all the positive results we are seeing, but the fact that we dont get a result on day five after tea.
Are we maybe the last generation that would be privileged enough to have seen the greatest cricketers, Ponting, Kallis, Tendulkar, Lara etc? In the future our kids would say that they cannot watch a batsmen that has a stike rate of less than 100 ,because it would be to boring.
I for one would like to see Test Cricket preserved, it is after all why its called Test Cricket, its a test of skill. Anybody can go and just swing a bat and get a lucky few.
Long live Test Cricket!!