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'Who says Test cricket is dead?'

'Fandabidozee' Freddie and all the emotion at Lord's - this week in David Lloyd's audio diary (04:37)

July 20, 2009

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Posted by Woody111 on (July 24, 2009, 5:45 GMT)

Cricket isn't dead in India! What a stupid remark, cricket is almost religion in India. Poor crowds have nothing to do with a lack of interest - it is because they are poor. Like the World Cup in West Indies if you price cricket so the majority of your population can't attend - what do you expect. England and Aus are incredibly affluent nations so getting crowds is never a problem. Womens cricket is getting bigger but it will always befall the same fate as womens sport in general - a lack of public interest reflected in a lack of money spent on tickets and merchandise, coupled with appalling media coverage. My god the English commentators are biased, thanks Warne for adding an Aus flavour. Aus 3-1 for the Ashes, weather permitting.

Posted by semp on (July 23, 2009, 17:22 GMT)

cricket is the best game created i wish we could do more to embrace woman cricket

Posted by treegz on (July 21, 2009, 12:55 GMT)

Oh what dribble that was! Mr. Lloyd did you not see the Cardiff test? Australia totally dominated that game, England held on for a draw to avoid a complete embarressment. Let's get this into perspective, the series is close and I really don't think the Aussies have too much to worry about. You're a brave man to question Australia in the 3rd Mr. Lloyd.

Loving this series, so much better than the one sided series of days gone by.

Posted by Phantom_XI on (July 21, 2009, 12:37 GMT)

Test matches are brilliant for commentators who, probably, make 5 times as much money as ODIs and cricket fan stuck in a traffic jam. But for paying public, watching a good day of test cricket is very rare event. Four of the five days of 2nd Test were good but not that special except on final day which was amazing. Problem is if you're happen to be at the ground on any of the first four days but not on the final day then it's like having having your birthday on 29th Feb and forgetting because you don't a chance to celebrate every year. I love watching any form of cricket but I prefer to watch test cricket on TV.

Posted by TheCricketConnoiseur on (July 21, 2009, 9:53 GMT)

Nothing matches the charm of test cricket, and there is no other sport which is as stern a test of sportsmen as a competitive test match between two evenly matched teams - such as the current lineups in the Ashes series. But, test cricket becomes a huge bore when: 1. 1/2 test matches in a series take place. Not enough time for foreign teams to adjust to local conditions. A minimum of four tests should occur in a series. 2. Sub-standard pitches and teams take part in the tests. 3. Teams play with defensive mindsets, which used to be the case until a decade ago...but the domination of the Aussies, and onset of ODI and T20 has changed that! Hopefully administrators will keep Test cricket alive, coz nothing beats a high-quality test match!

Posted by PeteB on (July 21, 2009, 6:05 GMT)

Test cricket may not be dead when the Ashes comes around. It may be alive and well in Australia and England. But consider the financial powerhouse of cricket, India. When Australia toured there last the grounds were nigh on empty. There were some reasons such as the strange choice of grounds and the fact that most of the seating was not covered. But test cricket in India appears dead on the vine. A successful Ashes every two years doesn't disprove this. Consider the gladiatorial Flintoff, retiring at 31 to play ODI and T20.

Posted by khadeerkaleem on (July 21, 2009, 5:20 GMT)

Yes Bumble we were outplayed by England in this test. Amused to hear that your fellow commentator was biased towards Australia. I still remember how you English commentators were complaining again and again of how AB DeVilliers claimed a catch at slip when it appeared that it might have been grassed. Now when the same was done by your captain and it was obvious that it was grassed too none of you had a word to say as this was an Englishman !!!! Double standards indeed. Also when a decision goes against England we hear for hours together about it but when three decisions went against the Aussies none of you gave it a thought !!! Who is biased ? Shane or you English commentators ?

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (July 21, 2009, 5:12 GMT)

RaghuramanR, football is the national sport in England, rugby is not. Cricket is more popular than rugby in "England". Rugby is more popular than cricket in Walse, Scotland and Ireland.

Posted by redneck on (July 21, 2009, 4:13 GMT)

well done to england, they were the better team this test! and dont worry about mitch as he can be a slow starter still 3 more tests to go. can i just point out to my indian friends that australia received some bad umpiring decissions this match but do you see any aussies knocking the umpires or threatning to pull out of the tour or saying straus doesnt play within the spirit of cricket ala india in the scg test 07! this is how test cricket is meant to be played can the rest of the world espechally india please take note!

Posted by nswami on (July 21, 2009, 3:52 GMT)

Yes I do agree with gv gandhi.Why England are not playing with the same passion when they play any other cricketing nation.Since freddie already announced his retirement from test cricket he is giving more than 100% to ensure that poms regain the ashes where they lost 5 - 0 in australia in 06-07. Congrats England

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