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Media and Education graduate living in Country SA, football fan (Leeds United), cricket tragic, and general sports enthusiast.

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I hope that you are right and admire your faith in humanity’s intelligence! I definitely agree that ‘the death of’, coverage leans towards the hyperbolic and that industries can adapt.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

Are ticket prices prohibitive in SA? They have been dropped in Australia to start around $30 a day which hasn’t exactly resulted in a massive rise in numbers but is a lot cheaper than in the UK.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

I think they are looking at playing 100 overs a day, so the difference might not be that noticeable (be a long day at the cricket with these over rates though). Wouldn’t get to see a crumbling fifth day deck which can be great to watch.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

South Africa played a four day test against Zimbabwe at the end of 2017, match was over in 2-3 days so it didn’t really prove anything one way or the other. I would imagine that cricket SA saved some money as they didn’t have to budget for a fifth day which was always pretty unlikely to happen.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

They certainly do and there are definitely more options available, which have played a part in altering people’s behaviours. It does appear unlikely that test cricket will significantly grow its audience anytime soon, that said, there are still a reasonable number of young people who are interested in the longer format (and books).

If people are disinterested in test cricket, do you think that four day matches could bring them back in?

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

There’s definitely a chance that he will be found out and as you mentioned he hasn’t been convincing for England so far. Having watched him a bit at county level I don’t think that his technique is quite as bad as it initially appears, it’s mostly a trigger and he generally gets into a good position come impact.

He really needs to convert his opportunities (which is a bit of a weakness for him), as there will likely only be a few chances for him to get in against the Australian attack, this is something that has hurt the likes of Carberry and Stoneman in the past.

English Ashes bolters: The batsmen

It really is a shame that Willians are so bad, makes you wonder how long they can keep going. Also, is it surprising that Raikkonen is quicker than Giovinazzi?

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That’s awesome, I suppose that T20 really can be a gateway to the longer formats. Hopefully he remains a cricket fan for years to come!

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

It really makes you wonder how seriously those running the game want to keep test cricket going. There’s a massive market available and they won’t even try it anymore aside from a one off Ashes match?

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

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Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

I suppose that highlights that more people are interested in baseball than cricket, or is it a cultural difference?

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

Vince is always a great watch and who knows what might have happened if he hadn’t run himself out for 80 odd in the first test. If he makes big runs then he obviously deserves his spot, I do have my doubts at the moment though.

Looks like Hameed is finally finding some form, he might just be a guy who could carry the obdurate English opening batsman mantle at some point!

English Ashes bolters: The batsmen

Would be awesome if women’s cricket could embrace test matches, there are some great players out there at the moment and other nations are strengthening quickly. If the venues are too expensive then somewhere like the new Karen Rolton oval in Adelaide would be a perfect place to hold a women’s test, or any cricket match for that matter.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

He certainly does, and he isn’t alone, I am often surprised at the number of youngsters who do love the longer format of the game.

Unfortunately, in my experience it is the number of general fans which seems to be falling in the younger years. For instance, many people my age (late 20’s) will follow the home tests in some form or another, even if it is just checking the score at the end of day’s play, however, I seem to find a bit of a split with those under 20, where they either love the game, or they don’t follow it at all.

They may still come around in time.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

That was an incredible watch, it just seemed impossible that there wouldn’t be a partnership in their somewhere to spare the blushes; great stuff.

It seems that test cricket is still a part of many people’s summers, but as you mentioned, due to life’s speed it consumed in a more fragmented sort of fashion than in the past. Unfortunately, this doesn’t fill the empty seats that we see so often, especially outside of Australia and England.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

Yes, certainly when you see old footage of 30-40 thousand attending a midweek shield match you can’t help but wonder how they managed to skive off work for the day.
I hope that it survives in some meaningful way, maybe in smaller venues as for me, it is certainly the form of cricket I enjoy the most. I am also lucky to be in a position where I can organise a free weekend to attend the test, which I know is impossible for many.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

It’s certainly a trend and I totally understand why the boards want to push T20 in particular, it is more marketable, manageable, and in step with today’s world.
However, I do sometimes wonder if some of the older generations don’t have a part to play in the pushing of the short forms. Most local cricket is now a one day game of 30-50 overs per side, which was not the case even ten years ago and in the association I was playing in at the time that change was led by older players with (understandable) family commitments not being able to guarantee their availability for two weeks.
When it comes to attending cricket, I’ve talked to many parents who say that Big Bash is for the family as it’s easy to attend and all over in a few hours, while they themselves will will go to the test match with mates. Again this is understandable but a great shame, as some of my fondest cricketing memories are attending matches with family and it is this which builds a long standing appreciation of the game.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

A top read Wayne.
I enjoyed the insight into your experiences, a great thing about sport is that it can bring so many different ages, backgrounds, personality types together. I have to admit that it is only in recent years that I have gained any sort of deeper understanding into these elements and it is something that I am always looking to develop my understanding of.
Always good to play with someone who has positional discipline, something that I lack!

My adventures with autism in sport

Yeh, I think if you pick a young player and put them up the order then you really should be taking a long term view. Look at a guy like Kane Williamson, he was thrown in for New Zealand and initially struggled, but they stuck with him and now he is obviously a superstar; only averaged 36 after his first 30 test matches…

English Ashes bolters: The batsmen

Tell you what, if Bell hadn’t picked up his injury and had piled on the runs again, he would have been half a chance, love it when older players go back into Domestic cricket after their international careers are over and show the youngsters how it’s done.

English Ashes bolters: The batsmen

I have some sympathy for guys like Root, Kholi and even Clarke in the past as they deliver massive runs from their spot of choice. I have issues with the likes of Bairstow beginning to dictate where they bat as they do not have the runs behind them.

English Ashes bolters: The batsmen

The crazy thing is the side could end up with a situation where Foakes is batting in the top four without the gloves and Bairstow is down at seven!

Not a bad squad, however I think that the bowling attack needs some pop with a Wood/Overton/Stone type.

English Ashes bolters: The batsmen

The Pope situation was a strange one, he was picked too early and thrown in against what we know is a quality Indian attack and then discarded almost immediately. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to have damaged his game, but if he was to be picked and dropped again during The Ashes then this would surely create some scarring.

Hildreth is a guy who in hindsight should have played a few years ago, but a bit like when Khawaja and Hughes were picked in front of Rogers and Voges, picking the younger guys seemed a clear decision for the selectors at the time.

English Ashes bolters: The batsmen

Tom Curran is progressing nicely with the white ball, but has actually been overtaken by his brother Sam in the longer format, a very promising left arm swing bowling all rounder.

There is certainly depth in the fast bowling department but boy does the batting have issues.

English Ashes bolters: The bowlers

Yep, it’s a massive issue and not one that will be fixed before (or probably even during) the Ashes. I agree with your points on this one although I do hope that Rory Burns is given a continued run in the side, he has the record to deserve it.

Let’s not even get started on the wicketkeeping debacle…

English Ashes bolters: The batsmen