Mark Waugh claims India is holding Test cricket back


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    India’s refusal to play day-night Test cricket is holding back the future of the game, Mark Waugh says.

    The world’s most powerful cricketing nation – that earlier this month ruled out playing Australia in a day-night test match at the Adelaide Oval next summer – is one of only two Test-playing nations not to have played a day-night Test.

    Waugh says the decision is not just disappointing, it’s also selfish given the falling popularity of Test cricket around the globe.

    “It’s a little bit selfish from India’s point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket,” he told Sky radio on Wednesday.

    “Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be.”

    The former Australian batsman said although Test cricket was the pure form of the game it had fallen away in many cricketing nations, including the West Indies and South Africa.

    “So it’s really only Australia, India and England where Test cricket is alive and well,” he said.

    “For me that’s a concern.”

    Waugh said he didn’t understand why India was reluctant to play day-night Test cricket given their playing depth.

    “Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they’ve got a string of fast bowlers, so they don’t just rely on the spinners and their batsman are technically very good as well,” he said.

    “So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test.”

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    • Roar Guru

      May 16th 2018 @ 2:53pm
      Chris Kettlewell said | May 16th 2018 @ 2:53pm | ! Report

      We’ve got to be really careful having a go at India like this when at the same time as India were refusing to play Day/Night cricket, CA were cancelling the test series with Bangladesh. It’s the standard way people see the world, they have a line in the sand as to what is acceptable and what isn’t, and generally what suits them falls into what is acceptable and what doesn’t falls into what isn’t. So it’s common for everyone to do this, but when you express such things publicly it really can leave you looking very arrogant, stupid and disconnected from reality.

      In truth, it’s one of the big reasons why the ball tampering scandal was so huge. Our players always acted like buffoons, but kept talking about this line that they know well and wouldn’t cross and somehow managing to get on their high horse whenever anyone else did something that “crossed the line”. So when they smashed their way across the line themselves there was little sympathy coming there way.

      Same here, if CA didn’t always just act purely out of self-interest and stuff everyone else around (except Inda, of course) to suit themselves, then they might have a leg to stand on in complaining about India refusing to play the day/night test. But they don’t. Which also means the rest of us, as Australian’s, can’t really criticise India unless it’s part of the same critique aimed at CA.

      • May 16th 2018 @ 3:34pm
        John Erichsen said | May 16th 2018 @ 3:34pm | ! Report

        Good comments made there, Chris. Given the actions of some Australian players in the test arena in recent months and CA’s decision to cancel the Bangladesh series, nobody will listen to some silly Australian voicing displeasure over a “selfish” decision made by the BCCI.

        The BCCI have given some ground in recent times, with regard to the use of the DRS system, so we should acknowledge that when talking about their approach to the game globally. MInd you, looking at some of the path predictions of the DRS system, some of those concerns were well founded.

        Basically, I agree with you. When CA start putting the good of the game globally above self interests, then and only then, do we have any credibility when expressing disappointment that other cricketing boards might not be.

        Furthermore, it should surprise nobody that India make decisions to maximise the benefit to their sides. From test pitch preparation to a test schedule from 2014 – 2017 that almost never left the subcontinent, the BCCI have never been known for their generosity to others. But in this modern cricketing world, who is?

      • May 16th 2018 @ 3:54pm
        JayG said | May 16th 2018 @ 3:54pm | ! Report

        Good point Chris. While not relevant to this specific issue of Day/Night Tests, it is important to note that far too often we have been too quick to call other out on their mistakes and set ourselves up on our high horses. We have been quick to throw stones while living in our glass houses. In this regard, it is also helpful to note the behavior of players of other teams when Australia faced its ball tampering scandal:

        Ben Stokes: While several Australian players including Steve Smith were quick to comment when Ben Stokes was being charges for assault, he said nothing when the same Australian players were suffering their fall from grace
        Virat Kohli: The supposed mortal enemy of Steve Smith refused to comment on the scandal despite being specifically asked
        Faf du Plessis: After being skewered by Australian media for ball tampering, his comments while Australia were suffering their own scandal were supportive

        While I am not claiming that the above players or others are some paragons of virtue, they had sufficient sense not to get on their high horse to kick somebody when they were down. So the next time our players, administrators or ex-players flog somebody else for their mistakes, they need to remember this occasion when we have claimed that everybody makes mistakes and deserves forgiveness.

    • Roar Guru

      May 16th 2018 @ 3:24pm
      Brissie Boy said | May 16th 2018 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

      “We need to re-vitalise Test cricket”

      *Manages to successfully avoid playing Bangladesh in a home Test Series for the fifteenth year in a row*

      • May 16th 2018 @ 3:38pm
        John Erichsen said | May 16th 2018 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

        Yet another hypocritical comment by someone in the Cricket Australia ranks. India not agreeing to a day/night test is “selfish” but apparently CA cancelling the series against Bangladesh is not??
        I, too,am disappointed that India aren’t playing a day/night test, but only because i would expect their quicks to enjoy the lively deck and it would give Kohli a chance to show his class against a quality attack in helpful conditions.

    • May 16th 2018 @ 3:39pm
      JayG said | May 16th 2018 @ 3:39pm | ! Report

      To be fair to India, they have tried Day/Night first class matches in domestic competitions with poor results and this probably accounts for some of their misgivings. They have doubts about the ability to sight the pink ball under lights as well as the quality of the Kookaburra balls under dew conditions. While the intention to avoid giving Australia any advantage in the Test series most likely weighs on their mind while making the decision, their reasons (excuses) are not frivolous. In contrast, CA’s main motivation in pushing for Day/Night Test matches is commercial.

      • Roar Guru

        May 16th 2018 @ 5:05pm
        Cadfael said | May 16th 2018 @ 5:05pm | ! Report

        Had India introduced day/night tests, would they be knocking it back?

        • May 16th 2018 @ 6:56pm
          JayG said | May 16th 2018 @ 6:56pm | ! Report

          True, that – most likely not. But would Australia be embracing the concept if it were introduced by Sri Lanka (for example)?

          • Roar Rookie

            May 25th 2018 @ 11:45am
            Pedro The Fisherman said | May 25th 2018 @ 11:45am | ! Report

            That surely is a moot point as Australia is embracing the concept!

    • May 16th 2018 @ 5:55pm
      BrainsTrust said | May 16th 2018 @ 5:55pm | ! Report

      Is it not suspicious that someone who had a major issue falling asleep during test matches, then was at the horses or the trots or whatever instead of watching his brother suddenly comes up with this.
      Now that Lehman has damaged credibility it seems the Mark Taylor/ Sutherland axis is now getting back at India through a new mouthpiece.

    • Columnist

      May 16th 2018 @ 6:24pm
      Ronan O'Connell said | May 16th 2018 @ 6:24pm | ! Report

      I don’t think India have even played any day-night matches in their domestic first-class comp yet so you’d imagine they won’t be playing any day-night Tests soon, they’ll want to trial it domestically first.

      I do think day-night Tests are crucial to the future of the format, it is better for audiences both at home and at the ground, and so far it’s also fostered more interesting cricket.

    • Roar Guru

      May 16th 2018 @ 9:34pm
      Scott Pryde said | May 16th 2018 @ 9:34pm | ! Report

      It’s a bit bloody hard to take the moral high ground after cancelling against Bangladesh isn’t it?

      • Roar Guru

        May 16th 2018 @ 9:47pm
        Rellum said | May 16th 2018 @ 9:47pm | ! Report

        It is ok, we made lots of money. Even if the network we signed up with seems so incompetent that they forgot they are still broadcasting the Tennis this year so they will struggle to show both sports, if you believe reports or if you think that every one is still unaware that there are more than one channel for 7 to use.

      • Roar Guru

        May 17th 2018 @ 11:33am
        Ryan H said | May 17th 2018 @ 11:33am | ! Report

        Exactly, no room to be arrogant, despite how frustrating India’s defiance on this has been. Australia seem to dictate terms that suit them too, so I guess it’s more and more the norm for the more powerful test nations; the good of the sport and the competing teams is secondary to commercial aspects.

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