Every time, someone talks about how Test cricket is becoming uninteresting, a match comes by which proves them wrong. In the age of T20 cricket, people like the match which produces a result in three-hours time. However, there are purest of the game as well.
If you go and ask many fans of cricket, you will find people saying that they want to continue watching red-ball international cricket as it provides more fun. People have come ahead and expressed their love for Test cricket.
For instance, Indian captain Virat Kohli has severely times openly admitted that he loves red-ball international cricket and wants to play more than T20s. He had in fact also said some of the suggestions to enhance the viewership of the game is not a great idea. Kohli had been speaking on how to spread the love for Test cricket when he had said he doesn’t support the idea of making it a four-day affair.
Nasser Hussain wants bowlers to be given the advantage
Former England captain Nasser Hussain gave a few suggestions on how the quality of Test matches can improve. He said the first thing which comes to mind is to do away with flat pitches. He gave an example of a match in which James Anderson, who bats at No.11 for England regularly, scored 90 runs from 600 balls. He said that matches on such flat wickets are extremely boring.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, Hussain said, “The key areas I can pinpoint to one’s pitches is that if they are flat, like one in Cambridge which years ago when Jimmy Anderson got 90 odd runs from 600 balls. The games on these pitches are boring and old school.”
Hussain went on to say that a Test match can be great for viewing if the first inning score is 300+. He also pointed out that it can happen if bowlers have an edge over the batsmen. He also revealed that matches like that are a good experience for the crowd and adds value to the tickets which are bought.
“Those days have got to go in test match cricket, 300+ score in the first innings where the ball slightly dominates back making it great for viewing and crowd experience. The match gives a value add to the tickets bought and England Test match ticket are not cheap,” he further added.
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