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Old 23rd October 2017, 19:19   #161
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Have you got figures to support your suspicion that draws are declining in frequency, Thomas?
In the first 300 or so tests up until the second World War about 30% were drawn. In the 1200 tests up until this century that %went up to 40%. Since then it has fallen to just one quarter. Stats on cricinfo somewhere.
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Not sure how valid the comparison is, really. Fewer, more evenly matched teams, playing each other more frequently in the earlier years of test cricket may be a factor.

Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and (in their early days) Sri Lanka would have achieved few draws in test matches unaffected by weather.
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Just from watching cricket I see far fewer drawn tests...showcasing a lack of quality batting in many cases and poor touring sides.
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Old 25th October 2017, 11:40   #164
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The test championship doesn ot mean that each of the 9 nations will play each other in the 2 year cycle. That number has been limited to 6, which makes sense but also helps India wriggle out of a certain situation.

With all this talk, the ICC still havent revealed info on scoring systems and so on . A long way to go still.
If India and Pakistan won’t play each other theme their series should be scored as a forfeit.

Farcical that they can pick and choose which series then claim to be no 1 in the world.
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Old 25th October 2017, 23:27   #165
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If India and Pakistan won’t play each other theme their series should be scored as a forfeit.

Farcical that they can pick and choose which series then claim to be no 1 in the world.
Like saying the UN should enforce sanctions against the US cause of Donald Trump.
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Not sure how valid the comparison is, really. Fewer, more evenly matched teams, playing each other more frequently in the earlier years of test cricket may be a factor.

Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and (in their early days) Sri Lanka would have achieved few draws in test matches unaffected by weather.
In the old days England used to play 3 day tests against New Zealand and the West Indies. Quite a few were drawn.
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Old 26th October 2017, 01:53   #167
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If India and Pakistan won’t play each other theme their series should be scored as a forfeit.

Farcical that they can pick and choose which series then claim to be no 1 in the world.
The BCCI claims they want a series but their government wont let them lol

I say forfeit points every time India turn down a series. Should sort them out pretty quickly.

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In the old days England used to play 3 day tests against New Zealand and the West Indies. Quite a few were drawn.
Yes but how many times would England have played their best players?
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Like saying the UN should enforce sanctions against the US cause of Donald Trump.
It’s fine if he Indians don’t fancy getting beat by Pakistan in the UAE - but don’t expect anyone to take their “world champions” tag seriously.
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It’s fine if he Indians don’t fancy getting beat by Pakistan in the UAE - but don’t expect anyone to take their “world champions” tag seriously.
I don't take any of the cricket rankings seriously. If a team can't even win a test match in England or Aus or SA...and then refuses to play there regularly, shouldn't be labelled number one side.

However, I think India would beat a Misbah/Younis less Pakistan. The team has a gaping whole in its middle order, with Azhar doing the job at 3 there are 2 places open for the openers and Sarfrazs captaincy, great for ODIs is too immature for test cricket.

They are essentially rebuilding now.
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Yes but how many times would England have played their best players?
Usually did. In 1949 they played 5 drawn 3 day tests against NZ. Wouldn't have risked that deliberately by playing an understrength team.
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