Indian Premier League June 15, 2008

Test cricket should learn from Twenty20

Far from killing the five-day game, cricket’s newest format can have a positive impact on Test-match tactics and techniques, writes John Stern in the Sunday Times .

Far from killing the five-day game, cricket’s newest format can have a positive impact on Test-match tactics and techniques, writes John Stern in the Sunday Times.

Cricket is awash with Twenty20 and its money and Test cricket and 50-over cricket are both under threat, says Stephen Brenkley in the Independent on Sunday.

Scyld Berry has a view in the Sunday Telegraph.

Money aside, Test cricket will always offer something that no 20-over match ever can: human interest. When Brendon McCullum scored 158 in the first IPL game, we could all see that he was a brilliant attacking batsmen. When Kevin Pietersen scored 158 in the Oval Test, we could see he was not only that: he was also a man who could be a bit insecure at first (those early missed chances) but, when warmed up, a risk-taker happy to fly in the face of convention, self-confident to the point of arrogance.

Also read Kevin Mitchell in the Observer.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is a former assistant editor at Cricinfo

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