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I am a huge fan of Cricket and Football (Soccer). I am a huge fan of Manchester United and I love my great state of Victoria in the cricket. I am a bit of a traditionalist and I love my Test cricket much more than my ODI and T20 cricket. If pushed the Stars are the team to go for. Happy reading!

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Great stuff Paul! I certainly know and I tweeted the other day that umpires need to stop reviewing every single little run out of stumping.
It was after one of the Kiwis was in by about 3 feet and they sent it upstairs, like, why? Its just lazy on umpires behalf to not actually look and review every run out

The insidious evolution of Test cricket – and who's to blame

Apparently he is 49, but I prefer 415

Test match shirts: A game of letters and numbers

Thanks Paul,

I havent looked into the petition, but it is a good idea!
I have contacted the ICC, CA and the MCC before in regards to a few other issues and only the MCC were good enough to reply to me. Certainly a petition is a great idea, any ideas on how to get it to take off?

Test match shirts: A game of letters and numbers

I can’t wait for the 415 of Steve Smith smash the poms, not the 49

Test match shirts: A game of letters and numbers

If everyone is so fussed, they can just stock the batting line up with Glenn Maxwells who will get out very quickly or they can get someone like Khawaja to get out, everyone bowls yorkers in the last 10, just tell him to miss it, bang bowled send in Maxwell or whomever

Is it time for cricket to embrace batting substitutions?

Test bowlers are allowed 2 overs off the field before they get clocked, so if a bowler is off for 4 overs, they must wait two overs before they can bowl again. So, if they are off for 40 overs, then they are pretty useless as they would have to wait for 38 overs before bowling. Same rules apply to batsmen, as South Africa declared in Adelaide 2016 as David Warner had been of the field a longer time than allowed and hadnt spent enough time on the field to make up for it, as a result Australia sent in Usman Khawaja to open.

Is it time for cricket to embrace batting substitutions?

Heaven help us if Stoinis has to bowl 10

Maxwell, Marsh injured as Australia forced into World Cup swap

People would notice no drop-in pitch in Melbourne, as it might actually do something

Sydney AFL Ground? SCG considering moving to drop-in pitches

They always send the Sheffield Shield off to North Sydney, how about sending the Swans and AFL of there for a bit, give them some of their own

Sydney AFL Ground? SCG considering moving to drop-in pitches

Great article!
As a 16 year old I love test cricket and I love the mini battles and the mental challenge it brings. I think that when kids get to teenagedom they begin to demand everything now. I have noticed this amongst many people my age who will only watch T20 because it has lots of 6’s. It is disappointing, but it is to do with money and the need to not stress ones brain to much to analyse the game. Great article and let us hope that kids learn to love Test Cricket once more!

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

Thanks Mary, I am aware of these things, but I am sorry for what my friend said, I have taken steps to prevent this happening and I heavily edited his comment to reduce the amount of personal criticism towards you.
Whilst I too do not agree with everything you say, I will not stand for a blatant attack on you, my apologies and thanks for your time!

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

I try really hard to see your point of view on your articles Mary but Israel Folau is entitled to his opinion and religion and if Rugby Australia can’t see that then they need to change and tolerate people like Folau, that would add diversity to the team by having people from both sides

By sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia showed what true leadership looks like

It is ironic, this is certainly a point which needs to be addressed, surely at Melbourne you would not be able to have a drinks break due to the amount of time to get on/off after a wicket. Smaller grounds might squeeze it in, but I certainly agree with your remarks, it is a good point

An open letter from a concerned fan of Test cricket

WOW, I never expected this to be so successful thanks guys!

An open letter from a concerned fan of Test cricket

It makes sense to see the bowlers getting a drink down at fine leg after an over because it is their own doing and it doesn’t delay the game, but it is important for the batting team to get this tactic cut out.
I can also remember one test match a while ago, were there was 5 helmets lined up behind Brad Haddin. This speeds up the process of chucking in an extra man in close. Though you do see them using helmets always if they are going in and out and they do wear the pads etc. in the field.

An open letter from a concerned fan of Test cricket

Thanks Paul!
I believe that the current time an over should take is on average about 3 minutes, but we know with pace bowlers it is about 4-5 and spinners can be as low as 1 minute. But I agree with the gloves comment to, the amount of times they change gloves and bats is pretty ridiculous.

An open letter from a concerned fan of Test cricket

Bang on, I figure we should use the current enforcements before any changes placing further strain on umpires etc. are brought in.
Seeing as most player in the modern game, bar some players like Sir Alistair Cook, try to get multi-million dollar T20 deals, surely you can just fine them because that will hurt the most or just ban them more often.

An open letter from a concerned fan of Test cricket

Paine in one-dayers is as useful as t*ts on a bull.

If Finch fails again, Paine should take back the ODI captaincy

However, the umpires do not police it as well as they should. I think they really should have increased the policing before changes

An open letter from a concerned fan of Test cricket

The main problem I had was with the free hit, no doubt if they had of called no-balls often then it may not happen, but I feel that the free hits are just free runs.

An open letter from a concerned fan of Test cricket

One would think the ICC would step in as they are all about the “Expansion of the Game” which is only if it involved T20 or India.

Insane ODI fixturing has cruelled Australia

Surely CA has enough money to at least let the smaller teams play a bigger nation like Australia. Look at the BBL, we have so many young sub-continent players who will never play an international here because its not viable

Insane ODI fixturing has cruelled Australia

Disgusting from CA! How on earth have we not played New Zealand when they are the closest team to us? We should be playing them a lot more! Disgusting money grab from CA, so much for them helping smaller nations, bailing on Bangladesh as well!

Insane ODI fixturing has cruelled Australia

Dont forget young Harry Nielsen for SA. Only 23, he has had solid performances against India and England in touring matches

The Carey conundrum

You are a very ignorant person it would seem, Tim Paine has 20 more dismissals than Wade does in 1 less test, and Tim Paine averages 35 in test cricket, which is second to only Adam Gilchrist, which is remarkable, when we consider Wade, Neville and Haddin who average 28, 22 and 32, Paine is our second best keeper batting wise, and by far the best gloveman, Why do you say Paine shouldn’t be captain when he has performed admirably as both keeper and captain.

So I would be interested in hearing your replacement captain and keeper.

A golden opportunity: Don't pick Smith and Warner