Cricket is losing its edge

May 5, 2016

International cricket will lose its competitiveness if players continue to choose domestic T20 cricket over Test matches.

Competitiveness and aggressiveness that comes with the rivalry between teams in Test matches is an extremely important part of the way the game is played, but more and more players are choosing the T20 leagues over international cricket. This not only demeans the passion that should go with Test cricket, but the ‘friendly atmosphere’ in T20 cricket is rubbed off on the players who play international cricket.

There’s a fine line between playing in the right spirit and being friendly to the opposition. When Virat Kohli continues to say that AB de Villiers is the best player in the world in his post-match interviews, it’s courteous but it’s excessive. When Chris Morris hugs opposition players on the pitch after the game, it’s done in good spirit, but it’s unnecessary. Back in my playing days, everything was left on the pitch; it was a war out there. We’d share a beer with the opposition after the day’s play, but the next day it was back to business.

T20 cricket is a show after all, and the players play like it’s a show. They hug and compliment each other because they’re all in it together. They’re all in a foreign country earning millions, and they know that they need to keep putting on a show, so they will continue to behave this way. My concern is that this will be rubbed off on international cricket, and the rivalry – an important aspect of the history of cricket – will cease to exist between nations.

The Ashes is the one series that has kept its aggressive edge and rivalry, but I believe that’s because very few English players chase the T20 pot. These players only play each other in Ashes series, so no love is lost and they play with that sense of aggressiveness that should naturally come with rivalry.

Granted, when I played in World XI games, it wasn’t played with anywhere close to the same level of intensiveness as Test matches would. That’s because it wasn’t an international and there wasn’t as much to play for. The West Indian side struggle to field a competitive Test side these days because most of their best players are playing domestic T20 matches instead. A Test series involving West Indies is no longer a competitive one, which seriously affects the rivalry between sides.

The ICC needs to take a firmer stance on the management of international schedules and the amount of money players are paid in order to keep them in the international game. Players must play more Tests to make the format fierce again, and Tests must be scheduled in a way that allows these players to play T20 tournaments and still have enough time in their increasingly busy schedules to play Tests. There needs to be more loyalty towards playing for your country, so the financial rewards need to be matched with the likes of the IPL.



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95 comments
André Wessels
André Wessels

It's because politics are involved in sports... Enough said

Quentin Hogge
Quentin Hogge

The sooner test cricket dies off the better. Bloody boring.

Lizette Rebelo
Lizette Rebelo

I find 5 day test boring 3 days is. more than enough T20 amd 50 overs is exting

Stephen Nel
Stephen Nel

Ipl is n moer en soek dis nie krieket nie.

Alan Glutz
Alan Glutz

All that needs to happen is have a World Cup test series over 2 months spice it up have lots of beer tents automatic crowd puller...

Jake Blackwell
Jake Blackwell

Personally i find test match cricket quite boring , i would rather watch ODI's and T 20

Uwan Saumfaq
Uwan Saumfaq

If anyone says they prefer t20s to test I assume they don't know the names of half the people on the field and aren't real cricket fans.

Sibabalwe Quntana
Sibabalwe Quntana

Test Cricket teaches everyone who wants to know cricket, but in T20 the commentators are only speaking abt the next ball wether its goin to be a 6/4 or wicket

Danie Nel
Danie Nel

Money makes the world go round I guess.....

Barry Richards
Barry Richards

Short attention span and easy option sad... Modern world!

Moses Mathalise
Moses Mathalise

Maybe is good to have day Night Test Match to get the crowd back to fill #EmptyStands coz T20 fills attract more people imagine watching Cricket on manday morning when most people are at work just thinking Guys

Shane Gillespie
Shane Gillespie

We aren't India that can fill a stadium for 5 days during the week to watch a test.. .we work\U0001f609give me an international T20 on a Saturday afternoon before the rugby lol\U0001f60a

Shane Gillespie
Shane Gillespie

In an instant society I reckon T20 is the platform to follow to keep people interested in the sport. I cant devote a whole day to a match\U0001f615

Ron Hobson
Ron Hobson

T20 cricket is the FUTURE!! Test cricket needs a make over to make it more attractive to All fans!!

Mervin Chetty
Mervin Chetty

Changing times changing formats....simple... Those bringing in politics and race...bunch of retards. Pollock an old dinosaur. Should be playing with grand kids instead

Elton Jacobs
Elton Jacobs

The last test series SA played was nothing bt boring even when they tour India . the top nations should play each other often talking about the top6 nw and they shouldnt wait show long 2 tour each othr.. Bt I love cricket any format will do for me..ipl and t20 is exciting and mondern day cricket for me that hve evolved and stop complaining that it's a batsman game..when we played India people were complaining it was one sided just for bowlers stop complaining just make the boundaries bigger or get bigger stadiums

Norman Masilo
Norman Masilo

Well said Graeme IPL is the worst of them all

Paul Christiaan Strydom
Paul Christiaan Strydom

Nobody is blaming the ANC,some idiot is blaming "amirmative action" in cricket for the decline and the bad performances.players dont want to be chosen because of their colour.thats the sad part about this whole sircus!!!!

Tulani Tshaka
Tulani Tshaka

The only way that could happen is when u use the same players in Different formats.... T20 players and test players don't mix... Yes T20 and 50over.

Maureen Frances Donaldson
Maureen Frances Donaldson

Cannot understand bringing this up now when one of us has choked several sports and will bring the whole country down too. Just saying .....

Frans Nell
Frans Nell

Dis in elk geval beter krieket om te kyk sonder anc invloed en hulle kies net die BESTE spelers\U0001f621\U0001f620\U0001f628

Corbin Geerdts
Corbin Geerdts

I live Cricket but the T20 game has completely taken that away from me. Cricket has changed so much that players like Kallis, Dravid, Langer are dead because todays batsman are so hit or missing. Bowlers like Pollock, McGrath, Caddick are lost forever. Because cricket is totally a batsmans game and nothing is in favour of the bowler. I haven't watched 1 IPL game. IPL should be cut in half for international cricket to features again.

Daluxolo Dwight Mdekazi
Daluxolo Dwight Mdekazi

That's true those were bowlers and batsmen to watch now eish a a cricket is not the same

Greg Jantjies
Greg Jantjies

There will never be a cricket topic without colour mentioned in it, every damn day white vs blacks God help this people!

Chuma Mawisa
Chuma Mawisa

All about pride presenting contry forms game real ambasaddor his contry

Koos Jordaan
Koos Jordaan

HS Reyneke which team you play for ?\U0001f609

Peter Lindsey
Peter Lindsey

Maybe play less international cricket and make it more special and design it like soccer so that players can have a career for both their club and country. Time to get innovative

Anton Lückhoff
Anton Lückhoff

Test cricket should be banned. 5 Days 22 men run around and what do they say at the end of 5 days standing in the sun "It is a draw" really? At least then play 5 overs a side and determine a winner. With all the match fixing one will never know, so why watch how you are being cheated, no thanks.

Mervin Chetty
Mervin Chetty

I love test cricket. But like everything else the game is evolving. People dnt have Time to follow a 5 day test anymore. Graeme Pollock played in the 60s n 70s. What the he'll he is commenting on something he knows nothing about. Would he really pass up a million bucks for an all expenses paid working holiday. I think not

Gary Victor Michael Ingram
Gary Victor Michael Ingram

Who Is this guy saying test cricket should be banned. I better stop before I say something I'll regret. Test cricket is the ultimate test of a a players ability and sometimes a draw is as good as a win and we've seen some exciting drawn matches over the years to save a series or to win a series. I grew up with test cricket and 50 over. I have no love for watching 20 over cricket. It's not pure and it's a money making racket.

Anton Lückhoff
Anton Lückhoff

Test cricket are for those who cant think but hey, each to his own, whatever floats your boat, but i am not gullible to believe that it is not fixed, only sport where they know the outcome a month in advance

Heather McQueen Shand
Heather McQueen Shand

Anton Lückhoff bless your cotton socks - test cricket is REAL cricket, with all its twists and turns, and genuine skill with the bat or with the ball. None of this hit and giggle stuff that you see in T20. I get the spectator excitement of biff 'n bash sixes, but let's face it, some of the shots from the world's best batsmen look great if it goes over the rope, but it also makes them look a bit stoopid when they miss the ball completely. Long live test cricket!! 😀

Zama Zwane
Zama Zwane

i don't like T20 because bowlers became under pressure to get minimum runs atleast but last i see no difference between T20 AND base ball match.

Desh Deepak Joshi
Desh Deepak Joshi

Test match has to be modified...it will not survive without the support from the shorter formats...looking at empty satdiums in NZ, the caribean and even the crowds in SA have dwindled....there is not much to say......changinf times and preference..life is too short for 5 day game.....