What a ball!
With the consistent rise of Twenty20 cricket, and the recent resurgence of ODI cricket after the World Cup, plenty were saying that Test cricket is losing its relevance.
Attendances were down, as were TV ratings – and the poor form of the English side had reduced the interest of many in the upcoming Ashes. Even the introduction of day/night Tests was seen as an attempt to win back the hearts and minds of But is Test cricket actually losing relevance?
Firstly, I would like to say I do support the introduction of day/night Test cricket which we will see for the first time in Adelaide in November.
I think it’s a terrific initiative that will no doubt be welcomed with a hopeful boom in match attendances and television ratings.
It will be a whole new experience for cricket fans in Australia, a concept that appeared to have some success with the Sheffield Shield last season.
I am however, bemused at how this innovation has been considered a tool to re-invent Test cricket and maintain it’s relevance.
Last summer despite such a tragic loss to the cricket world with the passing of Phillip Hughes, the fans still turned out in their numbers, and interest in the Indian series remained high.
To add to that, the Australian side were having success. The previous summer we saw an unprecedented level of following and crowd numbers with the home Ashes series.
I do acknowledge that the emergence of T20 cricket can overshadow the ultimate form of the game that is Test match cricket.
But I get the feeling most fellow Roarers on here would agree with me that Test cricket tops all.
So, what I am asking fellow roarers here is what do you think are the reasons for the relevance of Test cricket being at risk?
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