New Zealand cricket December 24, 2008

Tests show their class in Twenty20 world

In the New Zealand Herald , Chris Rattue salutes Australia for helping set tremendous Test standards and featuring in most of the best series, but says that they also need to realise that they can't always rule the game

In the New Zealand Herald, Chris Rattue salutes Australia for helping set tremendous Test standards and featuring in most of the best series, but says that they also need to realise that they can't always rule the game. And in his native New Zealand, Rattue believes five days of solid Test action from Napier did its best to contribute to the class of Test cricket and its refusal to go under.

We never thought the day would arrive when cricketers could earn telephone numbers, but it is even more surprising to find a commentator who dishes out 0800 numbers for restorative cures. It certainly shouldn't make the rest of us feel better, but the cricket certainly did. Neither New Zealand nor the West Indies is a great team, but they've conjured up a match that has been tense and entertaining. Who said test cricket was dead, and why should the game face such a challenge from within?

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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