TEST CRICKET VS T10

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Chris Gayle in action. Source: Getty

Test Cricket…….the “ole” gentleman’s game. Five days consisting of three sessions per day where batsmen toil playing each ball on its merit. However in these modern times where we live in a fast-paced World, it’s all about making money and another form of cricket has been formed. T10, where bowlers are asked to bowl not more than 2 overs in a complete spell and batsmen take advantage of these 10 overs per side by belting the ball to all parts of the ground. One has to wonder with the newest form of the game formulated, would test cricket even have a chance of surviving in the future?

Imagine only seeing your favorite bowler such as Sunil Narine or Andre Russell bowling 2 overs per game unlike in test cricket where a bowler can bowl numerous spells at any time of the day. Batsmen in this format batting for 10 overs unlike in test cricket where one can see his/her favorite batsman like Virat Kohli, Joe Root or Chris Gayle bat an entire day’s play and grind out a hard-fought hundred, for example, one cannot forget Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 165 at the Adelaide Oval back in December 2009 where he battled against the Australian pace-attack to earn a deserved draw for the West Indians. It was an innings filled with ease, grace and perfect placement.

Add to the fact that upcoming super stars such as Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford and Shemron Hetmyer would favor this form of cricket rather than the traditional test cricket largely due to its fast pace and big bucks at stake. Recently this was proven (December 2018) in Sharjah where the inaugural T10 tournament was won by the Darren Sammy led Northern Warriors defeated Pakhtoons (led by Shahid “Boom Boom” Afridi) by 22 runs in a game where over 230 runs were scored in the entire match. Talk about entertainment for the crowd with big hitting from Andre Russell and Rovman Powell. It’s a sad fact that these talented West Indian cricketers have chosen the path of the shortest game for various reasons, not least Cricket West Indies being a factor in the last decade or so.
If the West Indies were to field their strongest side on the park in test cricket, I have no doubt that West Indies will be a force to reckon with. It’s a shame to be honest but one can hope and be optimistic that with the proper infrastructure in the Caribbean and the improving relationships between the board and players that maybe one day West Indies can rise to the top. It has to start somewhere but for now, people will savor in the latest form of the game………T10 cricket.


38 thoughts on “TEST CRICKET VS T10”

  1. The question of would the game survive in this form may stem from the generation that witnesses it. Originally, some folks believed that Test Matches were boring because mostly it took to long. ODI’s were of more excitement because the lead and Chase we’re about how many you can make in a certain amount of Overs, which led to more boundaries or more persons getting dismissed.

    While the older heads or generations that grew up in the 90’s may appreciate Tests Matches and what they represented, younger generations would think it was too much. Remember, most people who go to the stadiums often go for a lime.

    What can be done in such a case?

    1. One can only hope test cricket surviving based on the types of pitches prepared globally to produce exciting cricket between bat and ball. Let’s hope for a Worldwide revival in the true form of the game. Thanks for your comments.

    1. Test Cricket may be boring at times if the pitch is a dosile one but with the kind of pitches prepared in the test series between West Indies and England it shows the excitement when you have live grass on the pitches.

  2. Nonsense!! The shorter format of the game isn’t meant for top quality athletes or for great talents to compete. Its designed for mediocrity! Test cricket isn’t dead. When a former cricketing Nation as the West Indies….sorry “Windies” …..wherever in the world….. stops producing fit, mentally tough cricketers people are starved from enjoying quality entertainment. Test cricket is great and has been great in the past when 2 teams of outstanding players…fit, athletic players on top of their game competes. Are you saying t10 leagues are better than a test match is better than a test at Lord’s or the WACA ?
    If we want to revive interest in test cricket pay attention to our regional grassroot coaches
    Teams around the world never got better than us they got fitter !

    1. Test cricket is still the ultimate form of the game in my opinion. The shorter formats of the game is good entertainment for the crowds and big money for the players but it is up to the boards in the test playing nations to ensure the best players are available for selection, especially in the West Indies. Thanks for your comment.

    1. Test cricket is the purest form of the game and it is up to both players and administrators that there is an understanding for the love otherwise players with loads of talent will stray into the T20 leagues mushrooming globally and it looks as though T10 will grow too. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Personally, I believe that being able to adapt to the different formats shows the quality of a player and furthermore the team. While some may choose to pursue solely a T10 career, there will be others they appreciate the longer versions of the game. Test cricket requires grit, fortitude and sheer talent. Batting for hours on end, knowing when to support or be conservative, bowling 20 odd overs to name a few takes great skill. While I do enjoy T20 from time to time there is still something special when watching a batsman find the gap for four runs after a dry spell or watching a batsman tire on for an additional day to secure a victory. There is just a certain magic to be appreciated.

  4. hey your concern in article made sense but you should ask yourself these questions: 1. Why did we have to reach the stage of 10 over match with WI 2. Was test cricket with WI commercially viable at the time and if so did WI losing chances was inevitable 3. What was the reason for it to be boring and lack of support. I could answer at least one of your questions confidently, WI players presently do not have the potential in handling the pressures of the “true form of the game” and that led to sponsors and investors recreating an artificial short term sport. Think about it test = 5 days = more profits. incompetent players lead to investors penetrating into the game itself so that these amateur WI players can get some reflex action luck. the only reason you can be bold about true form of game now is because WI won in a warm up match before the upcoming ashes

    1. Well 1st of all, T10 wasn’t created because of WI but mainly to attract spectators as it’s a fast-paced game. Also, WI star players strayed to T20 mainly due to money as they are underpaid by Cricket WI. If England considered the recent test series as a mere “warm-up” before the Ashes, then they simply regretted that as the West Indians won the series. Never underestimate in Sports and in life. Thanks for your thoughts on this great game Martin.

    1. Hey thank you very much. Glad to hear and please continue reading the latest articles. Take care.

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