2000 Tests

Dhoni bullish on 2000 more Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 20, 2011

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The world is changing but there's no reason Test cricket won't survive another 2000 matches, India's captain MS Dhoni has said. Dhoni was speaking on the eve of the Lord's Test between England and India, which has the distinction of being the 2000th Test, as well as the 100th between the countries and the first of what is expected to be a closely fought series.

The milestone comes at a time when Test cricket is under threat from the shorter forms of the game - Twenty20, the newest format, and the revival in popularity of the ODI following the World Cup earlier this year. Asked whether he thought Test cricket would survive another 2000 matches, Dhoni offered a nuanced response. "What's important is to see where it's going and there's no reason why we should doubt it because wherever I've gone I've seen a good response on the field. Of course you'll have games where there won't be a full house compared to some of the ODIs or the T20 format but yes, people are still following Test cricket."

The challenge, as he pointed out, also comes from the changes in contemporary lifestyles. "The world has changed. It means you have to go to your job, with the privatisation and everything that is happening, the bosses want you to spend more time at your desk and look less at the television so all of these things play a big role in it. But there's no good reason why Test cricket can't survive or won't survive for the next 2000 games."

MS Dhoni addresses the press a day before the first Test, Lord's, July 20, 2011
MS Dhoni believes Test cricket can survive modern lifestyle © AFP

The figure lent an already-special match an extra sheen, he said. "You can look at the number and feel good about it, because 2000 is a big number which means the game has survived for a long time, and 100 between India and England means we have a long-term relation with the English side. It's a special game - playing at Lord's is always special - but overall, rather than thinking too much about the numbers, we can just look at the number and be proud. You can't play 100 games against one nation but when you have left cricket you can look back and say you played in the 100th Test between India and England, and 2000 when it comes to the history. We can be proud we are playing but at the same time we need to stick to the basics and enjoy the game."

His counterpart Andrew Strauss, while appreciating the occasion, spoke of the importance of the bottom-line. "It helps in hyping up the series, although I don't think this series needs any hyping because India versus England is two very good sides with some high quality players. The recipe is there for it to be a very entertaining series. The wider context is not something we are focusing on. In any Test series every side is hoping to get a fast start, get ahead and then earn the right over four Tests to win the series. All that other stuff is not for us to concentrate on and will look after itself."

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Posted by CricketChat on (July 23, 2011, 22:20 GMT)

I have to disagree with Dhoni. Test cricket in its current format and schedule is a dying format. There can be no ifs and buts about it. Fans will need a format where a result is guaranteed at the end of every single match. Fans won't accept a draw anymore, not after 5 days testing play.

Posted by Jak007 on (July 23, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Test match is about only to listen and watch highlights rather than watching every ball of test match and gets bored. if the pitch conditions are bowling side then must watch the genuine bowlers bowling like zaheer, jimmy, tremlett, swann, ishant. and it was very entertaining while the ball swinging and batsmen are facing disco music.

Posted by AARON.IFTEKHAR on (July 23, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

If there will be too much tests in every national team tour, test cricket will die soon due to lack of finance. Professional cricketers need to play more cricket for their local team and earn as much money as they can, and less play for their national team, which is burden for the national board and the ICC. 1-2 tests, 2-3 ODi & 1-2 T20i cricket enough for every national team tour, and to save the cricketers, tour should not be prolonged more than 1 month. Cricket should be more professional in clubs' and leagues' levels - the formats are not so important.

Posted by krazzyking on (July 22, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

Excuse me...am sick of the "facing threats from T20 and ODI"... nothing can stand the true nature of cricket that is TEST cricket...

Posted by Yevghenny on (July 22, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

Result wickets. When the balance is found, there is no finer game

Posted by JavagalSrinath on (July 22, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

Test cricket is going to die soon, if u guys play the way u did against windies 3rd test. Test cricket always throws up a situation where u have to take some risk to win. By the playing safe way, we r sure that if India wins 1st test or 2nd test they are not going to play for win in the remainnig matches, that way test cricket is going to loose interest.

Test Cricket has survived the last decade because Australia and South Africa play for win. So opposition has to be on their toes if they dont want to loose. Not sure spectators will have interests to see a dull batting performance against insipid bowling

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

Yes you are right Dhoni, as long as India plays cricket any format of this game will survive. You guyz keep rocking. All the best for the current series.

Posted by varunsharma18178 on (July 22, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

All cheers for test cricket..... May it longer, longer & longer. I love this game &especially this format. When somebody says Test Cricket has lost spectators... I dont agree. When people were coming to ground to see cricket ,it wud be interesting to know how far the broadcast went in those days. Today all the world can watch it on TV with diff. camera angle analysis ,expert comentary at home. So the love for the game as a whole has not declined its just the no of audience at grond, reasons are obviously understandable. Player & nobody sud think it as the end of the world test cricket. Test cricket will be there for ever all LARAs,SRTs,GAVASKAR,LOIYD,BOTHAMs and many other unnamed will come and go by. HAPPY WATCHING,HAPPY PLAYING AND HAPPY TALKING ABOUT TEST CRICKET.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

Test Cricket is the test of your cricketing skills. For all those persons (especially youngsters) who wanted to be a professional cricketer must see and follow the techniques practiced by the FORMER PLAYERS. Then only you can be a true cricket player. Don't get impressed by hard hitters and quickies, concentrate on earning patience and absorbency of pressure in the cricketing dōjō. I believe no one can stop you of becoming a cricketing LEGEND. Test Cricket is the BEST.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 4:59 GMT)

I lok! ,, from Bangalore ..Dhoni is not having that much experience to talk about tests. Cricket is having a special look because of test matches only.But today some test pitches not having full capacity to give the result & also matches are scheduling without considering the season/whether , this are the main reason for less ratings of tests and also became a little bore. It's true !! Using technology is the best solution for this problem. Make pitch for result not for entertainment & schedule the matches if climate/whether is suitable for test matches.. ODI & T-20 is not having whether problem & also there must one result so they are going good . The growing of the T-20 is one of the main reason for test matches less ratings . The lifestyle of the present generation is not affect the test matches. The thinking of Dhoni is not good i think. It's better keeping quit on unknown things..

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 23:27 GMT)

Best description I have ever heard of cricket is this:

Cricket is like wine. T20 is like grabbing a bottle of wine. If you like that, you'll get a case (ODI). If you end up enjoying that so much that you want more, you'll stock your cellar full of the stuff (Tests).

Posted by Cruzan on (July 21, 2011, 21:49 GMT)

Dhoni is absolutely right. Test Cricket has a lot of charm and it is re-evigorating itself. Good luck Dhoni. It is going to be good cricket. Two mature side .

Posted by demon_bowler on (July 21, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

It gives me great pleasure to hear the Indian captain express such confidence in the future of the most satisfying form of the game. I wish I could be so upbeat myself.

Posted by AnilVadrevu on (July 21, 2011, 19:02 GMT)

I echo with Dhoni, eventhough the people are not seen in the stadium for test matches the passion is still there for the longer version of the game. I am firm believer that a player's true potential is known if he excels in the longer version of the game.A good one day or 20-20 batsmen cannot be called a great player until and unless he shows his prowess in test cricket.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 15:19 GMT)

'Anything can happen in a Game of Cricket', Like they say :) 2000 Tests may appear less in future :)

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

lol just realised something funny....20/20 cricket is for people who lack staying power of the long haul.haha! lack staying power!! oh dear you must disappoint some then. If i had my way i'd reduce 20/20's and increase 50 over and test matches.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

nothing like Test cricket to seperate the REAL MEN from the little boys. I dont see why real cricket should pander to the wishes of the little school/college people or 20 somethings who dont know anything about cricket. They should stick to football and leave our game alone!!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

This test will gone down in history as the most memorable test matches ever played considering the landmarks achieved at the same time giving vent to a feeling that the cricketing Gods might have conspired to provide Sachin Tendulkar the perfect memorabilia to score his 100th century . What an occassion for him : 2000th Test match, 100th Test Match between India and England and that also at the "Mecca of Cricket" - the Great Lords. If Sachin scores a century he will have achieved everything that a cricketing individual cant even dream of achieving during a single lifetime, the only thing that eludes him will be a triple century , i guess he wont sign off without doing that .

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

it means after 2000 more tests dere is no need to play test match?? :/

Posted by fancric on (July 21, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

I just die for test cricket. The easy way to keep test cricket alive is to tell the younger generations the basic of cricket, the technique used for batting, the variations in bowling, the surface of the pitch, its wear and tear. How interesting its to keep your wicket intact and how to bowl on the fast and bouncy pitches. Sometimes the drawn matches are interesting. Long live test cricket

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

Also, there is a need for result oriented pitches. Test grounds should be penalized if a minimum of 30 wickets fail to go down in a test match.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

Why does he says "You know" after every sentence:D

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

It will help having a test championship with the all teams touring each other once in four years. After every four years, we can have the Grand finale involving the top two nations for the World Test Champiopnship. We had an Asian test championship which had excellent system of rewarding points. So if a team say scores 300 runs in a days cricket, they can earn two points. In case they are bowled out within 250, the bowling team might get 2 points. Then the first innings lead over 50 should gaurrantee a point, over hundred two and over 150 three. An innings victory should have eight points, while a simple victory should have six. This will ensure that each test match is important and will force boards and ICC to make a better callender. If we can have a Duckworth Lewis in ODI's, why not something similar in test matches. In addition, we can also have a system in which in case of rain, the captains can forfiet an innings each by law. We can also reduce the test match timings to four days

Posted by coolguyrocks on (July 21, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

Test cricket is my favorite...the intensity it brings in close contests...the test of Character and skill...test of consistency and commitment...kudos to my Indian team...

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

I guess need is to stop boring dull draws. So any formula that does that would be good. Also uneven contests must be avoided. People come to watch contest between bat and ball and the quality of cricket and not any lopsided mediocre fare.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

Test cricket is healthy @ the moment because of presence of stalwarts such as Kallis, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sangakarra, Jayawardene, Chanderpaul, Ponting, Sehwag, Harbhajan, etc. As long as test cricket can produce more top notch players it will be a major force. Upcoming promising players - Steyn, Cook, Trott, Raina, Gambhir, Ishant, Hashim Amla, De Villiers, Clarke, etc have to keep up the good work of past to make sure the followers are glued.

The upcoming generation will play fewer test matches (at least Indians would) than Sachin or Dravid. ODIs & T20s though are a major distraction for test cricket but should be viewed more as an evolution of the game with the times.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

I doubt test cricket surviving for too long. Once the likes of Rahul Dravid, Kallis retire, the new breed do not have the technique, skill or tempermant to survive 5 days. This new fast food/junk food fed generation likes everything short/fast.They would much prefer 20-20 (with the money and glamour attchd to it) .Forget test cricket even 50-50 is in peril.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

Srilankan side plays one of the most boring test matches and whenever they play, they were more inclined to drawing a match as opposed to winning - happened all through when arjuna ranatunga was captaining their side - most of the pitches in SL are only suitable for one dayers. you like watching india play - pakistan, south africa, australia and england. rest all are real boring matches to watch with rare exceptions here and there.

Posted by studbaker on (July 21, 2011, 5:51 GMT)

To make test cricket more interesting there are so many options: 1) Make it a 3day contest 2) Make it one innings each. 3) Limit of 100overs each inning 4) If 2 innings each then make it 9wickets instead of 11 and let the remaining 2 to be specialist bowlers. 5) Include 2 or 3 women cricketers in the team. Not a bad idea. In any case it should not die. It is interesting as it is but to make it more appealing to nay-sayers the above options can work.

Posted by ather_aziz on (July 21, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

definetly my favourite format out of the three is test cricekt

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

Love test cricket...........................

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

the fact of the matter is that whether it is followed or not, test cricket is here to stay and wont be abolished..bcoz this is the true form of cricket..if it is abolished, cricket will have no meaning....there might be some changes in the rules, other formats might disappear, but test cricket will stay until cricket stays

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 5:24 GMT)

Its impossible , test cricket dies in its ealry tean age !!!!!!. How a player or a team preparing for a test match, most of the cricket palyers also getting preapred as well to follow the match . My self and I elieve most of the cricke fans not much care or remember the daes of a T20 match, but they follow the date and venue of a test match. If they are not flowing to the stands, but still finding time to watch it online at least form their office desks. Today I woke up with a fresh thoughts about the Loards test i believe many others as well. " Wish you all the best for Team India and thier oldest test oponent"

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 5:02 GMT)

India is the #1 cricketing nation in every respect of opinion and England are out to challenge this on the field in a tidal wave of a four-Test series that gets started at Lord's Thursday. It'll be the 100th Test-trial relationship between the two nations and the 2,000th with the history of the cricket world. Looking for a 100th 100 for Sachin's. Excitement or no hard sell, the series should produce riveting cricket between world's two best teams. India has been the #1 team for two years now, and they would like to accomplish significance of their rank.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

Absolutely, Test is the ultimate cricket.

Posted by tappee74 on (July 21, 2011, 4:02 GMT)

Look,anything can happen,we live in a world where changes are happening all the time.But this is the way i see it.Take a plant for example,at the beginning no one knows what it will be like in the coming weeks, months or even years ,it may have a few to many branches which will all die with the plant, or, may be it may loose a few branches for reasons known or unknown ,but without the plant there will be no branch.Test cricket to me is like the tree,the limited overs version of the game came a long time after,then it took another long time for the 20\20 version,and who knows what else. I think like the survival of the tree with everything hanging on until the tree dies,so will test cricket be to the end of time.At least i hope so.

Posted by fearless69 on (July 21, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

This is for those blinds who thinks India loses when sachin hits a century.. Check the stats of Test Centuries by Sachin - 51 100's >> India won 20 matches >> Lost 11 >> Drawn 20 .. During 90's Test cricket was different, it was defensive.. there were no Sehwacks.. Most of the results went Draw. Sachin can't be blamed. NOW TALKING ABOUT ODI's >> 48 ODI 100's >> India won 33 matches >> Lost 13 >> 2 No results.. So the win percentage is more than 60% When Sachin hits 100.. Advice for those critics - Stop commenting without knowing anything, Give respect & Gain respect.. Get some good cricket knowledge & than come to post here.. :-P GOD OF CRICKET - SACHIN (Take a bow little master)

Posted by stambake on (July 21, 2011, 3:59 GMT)

cant survive test cricket another 2000 matches... how can dhoni say this....?? as a most successful captain of team india ,dhoni not suppose to say any thing about test cricket when we are No. 1 test team... let us clear again that test cricket is the best format of the game... if you are playing ODI'S ,T-20 in excess doesn't matter... but parallely have to play test cricket frequently...

Posted by   on (July 21, 2011, 3:30 GMT)

Test Cricket will never-ever end. Now a days we are getting results in test matches so this shows how players are getting padded up in making there team successfull which makes the country side people to watch test matches and makes us expect the results out of match. As we all know test match is game of testing both mental and physical parameters of players. And every player will be waiting to get into this format of game and show that is fit in both parameters. So I wish Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Team to Rock the every single day of match. Play with sipirt of Sportsmanship. How-ever if we play with sipirt of Sportsmanship we will be at #1 position in icc cricket test ranking....

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (July 21, 2011, 1:09 GMT)

Well done Dhoni for picking up Mukund for the opener's slot. The best man for the job. Horses for Courses. When a second year resident goes on a sick leave, second year resident will fill in there not the attending or the department's chairman. Dhoni made the obvious choice. Thank God, common sense prevailed. I'm relieved for India and for Dravid and Sachin. Game on folks..........

Posted by ns1000 on (July 21, 2011, 0:07 GMT)

Anyone who thinks that T20 is more inviting than a 5 day test match is not a real cricket enthusiast. T20 gives players the money they deserve anyway, but Test matches make legends - ask Mr. SRT, Mr. Lara, Mr. Bradman, Mr. Muralitharan, Mr. Warne, Mr. Lillie, Mr. Waugh, Mr. Ponting, Mr. Gavaskar, Mr. Kallis, Mr. Holding, etc. etc. etc..

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 23:45 GMT)

love test, gotta say that where great batsmen and bowlers are made.

Posted by Springsam on (July 20, 2011, 23:32 GMT)

It is rather high speculation to take a call on whether or not test cricket will survive another 2000 more. When test cricket started first between England and Australia it was never believed that it would run this long and include so many countries. Time will tell. Leave it at that. Enjoy test cricket if you are a fan; if you are not the world is not the poorer. As, it is, test cricket still commands following and that's what matters. I look forward to an absorbing series between England and India. Both teams boast quality players and the contest should be even.

Posted by Nerk on (July 20, 2011, 23:04 GMT)

Test cricket is going to die... they said the same thing about it when ODIs came about. Test cricket is cricket at its best. It is not a quick snack like 20/20s, its not a light lunch like ODIs, its every taste and every flavour of this marvellous game. If you like cricket, you have to love test because without it, cricket is a hollow, unfulfilling game of backyard sloggers.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 22:45 GMT)

@Yuvi_fan must be hoping Test Cricket dies considering Yuvraj's incompetence in the form... 2000 is probably too high considering humankind won't last that long... but Test cricket will be around till the Earth remains...

Posted by India_On on (July 20, 2011, 22:14 GMT)

Dhoni gave an intelligent answer. I loved his answer.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 21:05 GMT)

TEST is the real deal while ODIs are standbys and T20s ........no need to mention it

Posted by inswing on (July 20, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

The fact remains that stadiums are empty and only few watch all day on the TV. Whenever there is a good Test, what do you hear first? "It was a good advertisement for Test cricket". But why does it need constant advertisement? Because nobody watches them. ODIs pay the bills for Tests, that's why the boards want few Tests (witness proliferation of 2 and 3 Test series) and more ODIs (7 to a min of 5 ODI series). The singe most important feature in popularizing Tests is the pitches. Batsman dominated run-fests equals death of Tests. Sporting pitches where wickets fall, day-night Tests, and more overs squeezed into a day would help. Fines for boards that prepare bad wickets would also help, because simply demanding "sporting" wickets without repercussions is pointless and has been going on forever without results.

Posted by World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on (July 20, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Tests are only cricket , other formats are just a joke.

Posted by CricEshwar on (July 20, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

What Dhoni says is absolutely right. Apart from that, why is every one a doomsayer when it comes to test cricket. If you are not interested, don't watch. If at all anyone should be concerned, it should be players, administrators and stake holders. They hardly say a word. I understand seeing some empty stands and poor tv ratings does make you say a word or two, the administrators are definitely working on how to improve on those. If at all what needs to be improved is the infrastructure. England and Australia always have packed stands in tests for high profile games, but in sub continent due to the poor infrastructure and facilities we settle for television. Since the games are in the working hours of the majority, ofcourse there will be a plunge in the ratings, after all the target audience is not housewives. Something is being done about, and if you either don't have the power to cause change, or don't have a viable solution at least you believe in - it means you have nothing to say.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 20, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

This man here is TRUE Indian and as an Indian I salute him. He had made Indian cricket lovers proud and feel special. There are not many like him in world cricket. He's sincere, passionate and honest. These are virtues hard to master in the world today. Dhoni, I wish you a successful tour and I am sure you will do your best to keep India #1 in test cricket. Give England their worst nightmare ICEMAN.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 17:42 GMT)

surely india will win the series...........

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

TEST cricket should never be eliminated. This is a Royal form of the game regardless of how people view it as boring. This is where Cricketers can play their own way at their own pace. It is elegent, gentlemen like and can strategised. In my opinion, 20/20 is not worth of a game. It requires a little talent where every ball is expected to hit to the boundry or over the boundry.

Posted by Experienceisoverrated on (July 20, 2011, 17:35 GMT)

I hope he is wrong. Test cricket needs to die a quick and painful death.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

i wish we've a series of the class-ashes 2005,where England beat Australia.. Freddie flintoff-ball just followed him..KP's debut was there..best series in the last 15 years it was..i wish we have another here

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

Dhoni dont to worry u will win series by 2-1

Posted by leo89 on (July 20, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

Dhoni did nothing to help the survival of cricket: by pulling plug the plug out of the 3rd wi-ind test..Dude,you must walk the talk...

Posted by yuvi_fan on (July 20, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

I believe 2000 games is a bit much for test cricket to survive. T20 will overtake and in another 10 years, test cricket wont see the light of the day.

On a different note, how amazing would it be for SRT to get 100th 100 on the 100th India v England test.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 16:45 GMT)

I will watch any form of cricket... cricket never bored me... long live test cricket ;)

Posted by Rahulbose on (July 20, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

I hope the game is played out without incident. The last Ind Eng series was marked by the jelly bean saga and Matt Prior ended up with a lot of egg on his face. After all this talk about this being the 2000 test match, hope it is not remembered for the wrong reasons.

Posted by vj3478 on (July 20, 2011, 16:07 GMT)

We should thank OZ for making test cricket interesting as all the other top 4 teams feel they can be #1, so they are giving everything in and fans do hope the same. Not many one side matches:P these days. The biggest factor is, home team just cannot take it for granted that they can easily win the series - they have to fight; whether its ind/eng/sa/sl or even aus. But not sure how long will the situation be so. Once Sachin/Dravid/Lax retire, the viewership (In India) will definitely go down by atleast 40% and the corporate BCCI will lessen the test matches and you know wat the other boards do.

Posted by FR3AKX on (July 20, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

Look who's speaking.. the same captain who gave up on an exciting finish and a more than good chance to win a test match which eventually turned into a dampener and a shame on both sides as well as Test cricket rules which allows captains to forfeit a fight which we spectators look out for in Test cricket. It's high time ICC realizes this needs to change if Test cricket has to survive for another 2000 tests. Infact it wud be great to have a reserve day to compensate for the time lost due to rain or other delays so that we have more and more results instead of tame draws. I'm an Indian and so I hope Dhoni doesn't do that ever again even if we might risk a chance to loose.. we should always fight to win!

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

Test Cricket will always be best form of Cricket.

Posted by Praxis on (July 20, 2011, 15:40 GMT)

Of course Dhoni is right, test cricket isn't losing popularity as many fans would like to point out. However ICC, in the past few years has come up with some ridiculous ideas to bring changes in this format. You can't expect people to be turning up for all five days of a match, times are different now. But we still go through newspaper, check the scores online, catch the highlights after coming home from office. Even at this age of T20 we recognize the true measure of a player's worth through test records, be it bowlers or batsmen. Ask any Australian or English fan if anything other than the Ashes matters more to him/her or Aussies being top at ODI ranking means anything to them. Same goes for Indian fans, I'm sure they are ecstatic with the world cup win, but being at the top at the ranking may be more important to them. Test cricket isn't dying, just don't make flat surfaces. give us good contests, we fans will make sure this format is alive & kicking.

Posted by Cricboss.com on (July 20, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

1.Main Course----Test Cricket 2.Drink (Water or Squash)----------One Day Cricket 3.Dessert--------T20

these are in order of Necessity

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 15:23 GMT)

True.TEST cricket fans will always love and watch it no matter what.T20 fans will not start following TESTs just because it becomes a D/N game or anything. besides good TESTs still get good crowds,obviously ppl wont watch matches on a dead pitch! and im pretty sure that the viewership of TESTs haven't declined as they say since the invention of T20!

Posted by   on (July 20, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

Yes it can and it will: i still prefer a test match between two top sides rather then a T-20

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