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First SA v Ind thn Pak vs SL and now NZ vs Ind all within a 2 months period. Test Cricket at best!

Test Cricket is alive!
 
Yes, the crowds at the grounds were humungous. The grounds need filling not the free streams.
 
I think there were more seats in that Eden Park than people in Auckland.
 
First SA v Ind thn Pak vs SL and now NZ vs Ind all within a 2 months period. Test Cricket at best!

Test Cricket is alive!

Did you watch the entire game? I followed by reading scores on cricinfo and watching some highlights of the best sessions. I hope test cricket made money from us.:jf
 
Did you watch the entire game? I followed by reading scores on cricinfo and watching some highlights of the best sessions. I hope test cricket made money from us.:jf

Watched 2nd innings of both teams and half of NZ 1st innings. There was nothing in the match till NZ collapse in 2nd innings i will admint but thn everything changed.
 
With the Saffers and the Aussies locking horns, it is only going to get better.
 
With the Saffers and the Aussies locking horns, it is only going to get better.

Looking forward to that series and hopefully it will prove to be a historical series not a one sided affair like recent Ashes series!
 
Yep test cricket is improving :) sa v australia hope its close. Its a shame though that this is indias last ever tour of NZ most likely
 
Looking forward to that series and hopefully it will prove to be a historical series not a one sided affair like recent Ashes series!

I don't know.
I think we'll all remember the 5-0 for a long time :)))
 
I don't know.
I think we'll all remember the 5-0 for a long time :)))

Yes it was a historical win for Australia but on the other hand for neutrals it was like watching same movie again and again ;)
 
There is a diffrence between alive and thriving you know.

These three matches were great but they only really got interesting towards the end.
 
Yes test cricket is alive India will soon invite Kiwis for a revenge series :))
 
Lol india will arrange a series vs windies at home and they'll be top again. Cant wait hah

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Fantastic games of test cricket over the last month or so.
Unfortunately i'm not looking for an advert during the upcoming series. I want a professional performance from the boys and win by a canter, dont think my heart can endure anymore. If that means "boring" the neutrals so be it.
 
Fantastic games of test cricket over the last month or so.
Unfortunately i'm not looking for an advert during the upcoming series. I want a professional performance from the boys and win by a canter, dont think my heart can endure anymore. If that means "boring" the neutrals so be it.

Surely you want to see some brilliant bowling from Johnno and Rhino?

;-)

I must admit that sitting at the WACA last summer watching Amla score 196 was still great cricket to watch even though Australia were getting slaughtered.
 
Surely you want to see some brilliant bowling from Johnno and Rhino?

;-)

I must admit that sitting at the WACA last summer watching Amla score 196 was still great cricket to watch even though Australia were getting slaughtered.

nope, i dont think so. Life has been very cruel to us against Australia.
The 99 world cup draw still hurts to this day, that was our best chance to win the world cup, probably our best ODI side if not the most balanced.
Pollock pulling injured before Australia toured SA in 01 and was never the same bowler again. Gilchrist destroyed Donald who was past his best and injured him to retirement. He proceeded to thrash 2nd rate bowlers in that tour.
We should have won the series in Australia in 06, we had Australia in trouble in the 1st Test only for a double ton by Hodge and some atrocious umpiring decisions, the game ended as a draw. In the 2nd Test we collapsed without Kallis, got thrashed pretty badly. 3rd test we dominated Australia to dust for 4 days, but we were running out of time and had to make an aggressive declaration in which Australia required to score at over 4 an over to win.
The 2007 world cup game had a psychological effect as well. SA were chasing 300+, Australia all panicky, with AB and Smith treating McGrath and co like club bowlers. Then out of the blue AB is run out from a direct hit from the boundary on 97 which never happens. Smith got tramps which destroyed any momentum we had.
As a result in the semi finals we were stupid thinking we would need 300+ to win against Australia without having assessed the pitch. We went over aggressive and got bowled out for 150 in the end.
Again injuries almost cost us in our last tour of Australia as well, but this time we showed great adversity to triumph.

So if any Australian player pulls out injured and gives us momentum i would not care. If anything it would be poetic justice. I'm sure you would agree ;-).
 
nope, i dont think so. Life has been very cruel to us against Australia.
The 99 world cup draw still hurts to this day, that was our best chance to win the world cup, probably our best ODI side if not the most balanced.
Pollock pulling injured before Australia toured SA in 01 and was never the same bowler again. Gilchrist destroyed Donald who was past his best and injured him to retirement. He proceeded to thrash 2nd rate bowlers in that tour.
We should have won the series in Australia in 06, we had Australia in trouble in the 1st Test only for a double ton by Hodge and some atrocious umpiring decisions, the game ended as a draw. In the 2nd Test we collapsed without Kallis, got thrashed pretty badly. 3rd test we dominated Australia to dust for 4 days, but we were running out of time and had to make an aggressive declaration in which Australia required to score at over 4 an over to win.
The 2007 world cup game had a psychological effect as well. SA were chasing 300+, Australia all panicky, with AB and Smith treating McGrath and co like club bowlers. Then out of the blue AB is run out from a direct hit from the boundary on 97 which never happens. Smith got tramps which destroyed any momentum we had.
As a result in the semi finals we were stupid thinking we would need 300+ to win against Australia without having assessed the pitch. We went over aggressive and got bowled out for 150 in the end.
Again injuries almost cost us in our last tour of Australia as well, but this time we showed great adversity to triumph.

So if any Australian player pulls out injured and gives us momentum i would not care. If anything it would be poetic justice. I'm sure you would agree ;-).

I have got tears in my eyes after reading about all the sad moments you guys faced against australia and the memories related to it so now i dont care if its a one sided affair :(
 
Surely you want to see some brilliant bowling from Johnno and Rhino?

;-)

I must admit that sitting at the WACA last summer watching Amla score 196 was still great cricket to watch even though Australia were getting slaughtered.

Was an amazing innings that. Hopefully a repeat this time around.
 
great fightback by NZ! some really good test matches within a couple of months
 
The last 2/3 months has produced some phenomenal Test cricket.
 
Test cricket is only good when Aus plays. Their pacers are phenomenal to watch. Rest are still pretty dull to watch...
 
I was right..Test cricket doesn't really test anything. The only time it test a batsman is when facing an Inform Mitchell Johnson or Inform Dale Steyn or even an Inform Ishant Sharma :)
 
I was right..Test cricket doesn't really test anything. The only time it test a batsman is when facing an Inform Mitchell Johnson or Inform Dale Steyn or even an Inform Ishant Sharma :)

It tests the temperament of fans if their bowlers are being smashed :p
 
Test cricket is only good when Aus plays. Their pacers are phenomenal to watch. Rest are still pretty dull to watch...

You have very high standards for a Bangladeshi fan. Your board would sell half the country for a "dull" bowler like Steyn.
 
This is a great advert! Who thought NZ would perform like this? The only team who I would think is capable of coming back like this is south Africa.
 
Looking forward to at least one close match in SA-Aus series.
 
What a come back by South Africa. 1 good session and a brilliant spell by Steyn changed the whole match!
 
What a come back by South Africa. 1 good session and a brilliant spell by Steyn changed the whole match!

More than one good session. They were dominant from day 2 onwards
 
More than one good session. They were dominant from day 2 onwards

What i mean was that a draw was on cards because of rain perdition for full day tomorrow so they changed the match situation in last session. Even if there were 1 or 2 wickets left today going into 5th day there was still draw hope left for australia.
 
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Fantastic cricket played over the last couple of months.
Test cricket deserves high value and sponsorship too. Players with superior skills and mental fortitude should not be earning less than players playing laugh and giggle shmicket for just 3 hours.
 
Fantastic cricket played over the last couple of months.
Test cricket deserves high value and sponsorship too. Players with superior skills and mental fortitude should not be earning less than players playing laugh and giggle shmicket for just 3 hours.

Well sponsorship depends on viewership. Only fans in Eng and Australia care about test cricket in large numbers.
 
Well sponsorship depends on viewership. Only fans in Eng and Australia care about test cricket in large numbers.

Popularity seems to be on the up though and more people are starting to appreciate the format. It's a bit of an acquired taste, but once you're hooked then nothing else seems to come close.
 
Test Cricket is alive amongst the top teams but literally dead amongst the weak test teams.
 
Nothing better than competitive test cricket. Would watch a thrilling day 5 stare down any day over a T20 lets go down swinging...
 
Bangla vs SL test series were dead but Pak vs SL was more competitive [barring the 3rd test day 5 which was a poor showing for test cricket by SL]

India vs NZ was fantastic

SA vs Aus was great as well
 
T20 in a way has made Test Cricket more exciting with players not having a watertight technique they are now trying to score runs quickly instead of occupying the crease it's means less boring draws and more results which can only help Test Cricket even if the quality is lacking compared to cricket in the past

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Bangla vs SL test series were dead but Pak vs SL was more competitive [barring the 3rd test day 5 which was a poor showing for test cricket by SL]

India vs NZ was fantastic

SA vs Aus was great as well

3rd test day 5 is what made that match so good
 
Around 23 overs left and 3 wickets in hand there is a little chance that we are going to witness an epic draw :13:
 
AUS really deserve to win this one, Harris really deserves more wickets. Great bowler.
 
Well done Australia and well done South Africa Test Cricket is the winner in the end!
 
Awesome match. Well done to both teams who showed that test cricket can be interesting and is still the real test of ones technique and talent.
 
For a Test cricket fan nothing is better thn watching top 8 Test teams playing during same period.

Pak-Eng
Aus-NZ
Ind-SA
SL-WI

All happening within 6-8 weeks. Great season for Test fans...
 
For a Test cricket fan nothing is better thn watching top 8 Test teams playing during same period.

Pak-Eng
Aus-NZ
Ind-SA
SL-WI

All happening within 6-8 weeks. Great season for Test fans...
All matches played in front of empty stand's... Didn't watch aus vs nz so can't comment on that but all the remaining matches hardly had a person in the ground

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T20 in a way has made Test Cricket more exciting with players not having a watertight technique they are now trying to score runs quickly instead of occupying the crease it's means less boring draws and more results which can only help Test Cricket even if the quality is lacking compared to cricket in the past

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Really good point and one that I haven't thought of.
 
All matches played in front of empty stand's... Didn't watch aus vs nz so can't comment on that but all the remaining matches hardly had a person in the ground

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First day of a test series in Australia and against a pretty good NZ side and even then the stadium was half empty.
 
A chance for Pakistan to make history here...
 
I hope Pakistan doesn't choke. Test cricket is still dying. Look at the crowd still.
 
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