England’s coach has been rightly applauded for his attacking approach with England and when it comes to test cricket, but… The but is this, the pessimist in me feels this will have a knock-on effect on other formats.
It’s already getting hammered as it is, but the format I feel that’s most in jeopardy is the 50-over game. T20 cricket is quick, which the younger fans like, despite how hard the ECB try to shove The Hundred down people’s throat.
Sorry to say this, but I would even say it’s the plastic cricket fans who like that format, it’s watered-down cricket. Moving on, that rant is for a different day. There is a lot to like about Bazball, it’s essentially taking the game to the opposition.
This was how England’s one-day team was and that yielded a lot of success and teams mimicking this approach. Of course, it was one Brendan McCullum who was the pioneer of this swashbuckling approach, when he was New Zealand captain, but The Three Lions were the ones to get it off the ground.
My issue, and I am not sure if it’s warranted or not, is that if test cricket is played this way, then ODI’s will become obsolete. India and Bangladesh did produce a low-scoring contest, which was a classic, cricket though seems to be in hurry.
Traditionalists have had their way of preserving the longer format of the game, but only just. In a world of analytics and data, teams no doubt will change the landscape of test cricket and I fear so will the ICC.
England played this match like it was a 100-over game, which was what the rumoured plan was for the future of test cricket. This great game has a scheduling issue, there are ways to fix it get rid of The Hundred, cough cough.
Brendan, I am all for this attacking approach, you made a game that would have petered out into a dull snore fest, where even the number 11 with an average of 4.7 would have got a fifty.
Cricket is a victim of scheduling too many matches, and England’s County championship seemed to have suffered. Please, T10s should be at school level and so should The Hundred.
Keep up the good work Baz, this brand of cricket is great on the eye. Again, my only issue is, is that the ICC and powers that be don’t see this as an excuse to start tampering with the 50-over game. Here’s to hope.
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