Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Can they play a 6 day Test?

I am interested in seeing how international cricketers will adapt to the idea of the six day Test when the one-off Super Series test begins. In the last 5 years, the trend has been to finish matches in roughly (off the top of my head - no proper analysis done here) 4.5 days.

A six day test would require a team to be composed of 5 bowlers, IMO. It's a hard task for bowlers to pound in for longer than they're used to. Fortunately, both teams (on paper) do have the strength in the attack for this purpose.

The other aspect is that batsmen & captains need to re-calibrate their innings strategies (assuming they get in control of the match soon). The set batsmen may need to play longer if they want to remove the possibility of their side losing while retaining the likelihood of their winning.

This Sydney track is famous for assisting spinners - Murali and Warne will both relish a 6th day track if it came down to it. I can't see too many batsmen in either side being comfortable with that.

In all, I have a feeling both sides will end up playing normal 5-day style cricket without too many concessions to the extra day. It may or may not backfire eventually. For the RoW, their first priority would be to get the gears unstuck after the ODI hammering.


Blogger Rudra said...

Well I agree with you guys about the approach to the match it should be as normal as anyother. Why? It is simple you have an day extra thats it! But well is that really all? Just think what if

a) Mr. Virendra Sehwag just decide to play a Multan magic again! (You need one day more! ;-)!) Oz have Mr. Mathew Hayden who can do the marathon inings for them! then well may be we might just need the 6th Day!

b) Or Just that Oz attacck becomes a little blunt and our Mr. Wall of India (Rahul Dravid) or Mr. jac Calis decide to have a "Baby'd day out" and stay put on the crease!

c) Or may be because Oz Captain decided to do the point b) with the World eleven!

Well whatever! One thing for sure the World eleven will have to work hard on to their own game and onfidence to stand up to the Oz who have already crushed them in short version of the game!
For simpple reasons it is evident in cricket why do "teams" win? and Individual briliance goes down when it is against a team effort. Oz are a regular team and the world eleven are a grouped bunch of induviduals who have phenomenal records when they play for their "repective country's side". But here when put in this hetrogenous team they are finding it touch to get going!

Why is it so? simple, Cricket is played by eleven individuals who when play as a team make a diference! Not that I am trying to say they are not playiing as a team but then you need to gel in as a team! It just needs to click!

Anyway in the end I will say a nice effort to help Oz get back some pride after that crushing defeat at the hands of England!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Aravind said...

The verdict is out -though Aussies lost the recent ashes they are still pretty much invincible.
And secondly a bunch of stars dont really make a winning team.I am not sure that this super series will be continued next year.

4:53 AM  
Blogger Rudra said...

I wish it is not! I mean why should itt be in any case? Just think of this how do people gel iin as ateam? where is the time in today's buy schedules to really give a damn to this series which is noothing more than a time for the Visiting players to have nice fun! Nothing more! Well anyway! I wish they stop playing such stupid matches! Utter Non-Sense!!!!!

11:15 AM  

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