The Five Day Test Match is not done yet

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2017 by kmflett

The Five Day Test is not done yet

It was not expected that the second Test between England and West Indies would last five days let alone that a match which had started at 11am on Thursday would not finish until 6.45pm on Tuesday. After all the first Test at Edgbaston had been done in three days.
In a sense it was a glorious riposte to the instant culture that we often live in now, myself as much as anyone else.

The Tuesday of the Test was in some ways a reminder of days long past. Wandering out to get some shopping during the afternoon in Tottenham which has a strong Caribbean community, the sound of TMS coming from car radios could be heard. A community was listening.

Without a doubt though the pressure is on for Four Day Tests.

You can find a debate on the issues here:

I’m with Jonathan Agnew here. Perhaps the ebb and flow of Test cricket over five days is less seen these days but when it is, and Leeds was a prime example, there really is little to match in sport. It becomes a psychological as much as a physical contest.

It would appear that while the numbers of Test taking Five Days has declined over the decades the decline appears to have more or less plateaued at 58% since 2000. In other words the decline has stopped.

Even so with Tom Harrison CEO of the ECB backing Four Day Tests supporters of the Five Day format have work to do and Leeds is as good a way of any of making the point.


One Response to “The Five Day Test Match is not done yet”

  1. […] The first is that, although England will be hurting after losing a game many expected them to win comfortably, I think this result is great for cricket.  Before this game I was gearing up to write a post wondering why there seem to be so few close Test matches these days, the previous series and the first one in this series having been quite one-sided. Although the West Indies won this one fairly comfortably in the end – by five wickets with several overs to spare, it still counts as `close’ in my book because the final day started with any result possible. That doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it makes for a marvellous experience. I wish I had been there. Long may five-day Test matches endure! […]

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