It has been a pretty amazing 12 months of Test cricket. In that same span of time, talk has turned from “Test cricket is dying, how do we save it?” to “is England truly number one? Did India ever deserve their place amongst the greats? How good is South Africa? Is Pakistan’s revival set to continue under a new coach? How long before Australia climb back to the top of a mountain, which they once dominated with such might?”
All of the above questions and discussions have spread like wild fires across internet forums and articles the world over. The World Cup, which concluded less than a year ago is nothing but an after thought and the Test series’ that have followed seem to have ignited more passion and fervour amongst fans across the globe.
In what other form of the game can you catch a glimpse of the rarest of magic, that wonderful spell known as Saeed Ajmal at his very best? What other form of the game gives you glimpses of a by-gone age of swing bowling? What other form of the game allows captains to declare while still chasing a score? What other form of the game has it’s number one spot contested so fiercely by at least 5 different teams?
Test cricket is here to live and I’ve loved every moment of it. The debuts of Phillander, Pattinson, Cummins and Khan have allowed us all to dream once again of those glory days, so beautifully ingrained into our memories, days when Akram, Donald, Ambrose, Younis, Walsh and co. set fans hearts racing.
Where else can we see the patient elegance of Alastair Cook, the belligerent arrogance of Kevin Pieterson, the enterprising captaincy of Michael Clarke or the most surprising of all things, a calming influence in the Pakistani dressing room.
I haven’t even begun to mention floundering growth within the West Indies, the emergence of Virat Kohli as a good test batsman or the fact that no team is ever safe when playing away from home.
Viva La Test Cricket