Should Test Matches be Reduced to Four Days? – The Results

The results have been counted and clearly there’s a thirsty appetite for plenty of Test cricket with the idea of trimming matches to four days going down like a lead balloon…

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71% of voters, the diehard traditionalists, crave a full five day’s play with only 29% (ie: a top order England batsman’s average circa 2018!) keen to see a reduction.

My own theory for trimming a day’s play would be to round up to 100 overs each day. Of course it’s spin bowlers who might be most appalled by the prospect of never getting to bowl on a weathered, dusty and crack filled fifth day surface. I’ve even thought about having closed innings at 100 overs though innings could still straddle multiple days because of course some innings might not last 100 overs.

Thanks for your contribution and look out for another exciting poll soon!

Stop Being Tossers! – The Results

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Hi all

The results of my latest poll are in and I think that the opinions of six wonderful people is more than enough to commit to implement such a major change to Test cricket!

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Four of you want the toss to be scrapped from Test cricket and provided some sensible alternatives such as alternating game to game. Another option (My suggestion!) is that a team could have tossing rights until they lose a match then with that they lose tossing rights.

33% of voters (Both of you!) would like to keep the toss. Oh you traditionalists you!

Many thanks for voting on my latest poll and look out for another in due course.

Would You Rather? The Results

What’s been created?

The Hundred

What do the public want? (By public I mean the six people including myself that voted on this poll!)

Not the Hundred!

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Interestingly, 67% of voters would like to have just kept the T20 Blast in its current county form. I thought that more than 33% might have plumped for a T20 city based franchise competition but like a batsman’s average the stats don’t lie!

If you haven’t already then please vote on my latest poll on the subject of coin tossing in Test cricket. You can find the Polls section of my blog by clicking on the Menu & Widgets tab at the top right of my home page then selecting Batting Order then Select Category then Polls.

Come to think of it, why don’t I just provide you with the link to my latest poll?

https://sillypointcricket.com/2019/10/27/stop-being-tossers/

Stop Being Tossers?!

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Hi all

The subject of the coin toss in cricket has come up a bit recently and I’m definitely not the first blogger to broach the subject in recent times. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has had his say and domestic competitions in England, India and Pakistan have already done away with the toss. Here’s my proposal for an alternative that could be used in Test cricket. I think the general vibe is that it’s most relevant to multi-innings/day cricket but this could also be utilised in limited overs cricket.

Quite simply, in the first match of a series the away team chooses whether or not they want to bat or bowl first. The winner of that match then gets to choose in the next match and so on and so on. In the instance of a draw or tie the team that had the right to toss maintains that right. Ultimately the team that tosses has to lose a match to lose tossing rights.

What do you think?

Please let me know your thoughts, your own ideas and vote in my poll below. Feel free to share the link with… anyone!