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Old 28th November 2015, 22:32   #181
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They were worried about a "normal" Adelaide pitch damaging the ball so left on more grass. I expect that has been relevant. Plus the players are looking for demons and batting like clowns.
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Old 28th November 2015, 22:33   #182
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Masseur I think. He did play second XI cricket in 2008, according to cricinfo. Seems extremely odd and amateurish.

Charity auction, apparently. Not sure how I feel about that. It cheapens test cricket a bit, I think.
This is how England should pick their opener and spin bowler.
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Old 29th November 2015, 21:10   #183
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Australia got themselves across the line, with a bit of a wobble at the end. It made for a compelling test match, even though the 3 day finish was due to some fairly ordinary batting.

Total attendance over three days was reported as more than 120,000, so that would be considered quite successful for the first day-night test match.
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Old 29th November 2015, 22:14   #184
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The game may have hinged on the decision yesterday. Nigel Llong will be a You Tube star after this.
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Old 30th November 2015, 07:15   #185
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The game may have hinged on the decision yesterday.
Speculation - we'll never know one way or the other - but not unreasonable. The most likely (IMHO) scenario is that the Kiwis would have had about an hour more of batting in the daylight, a ball 15 or so overs older in the twilight, and a first innings lead of 50-75.

We do know that Australia played the better cricket after that point.

You have to admire Lyon's chutzpah - despite clear evidence on the big screen that he hit it (and I'd be surprised if he didn't also know he hit it), and despite admitting he thought he was out by effectively walking from the middle, he still decided to return when the third umpire made an unexpected call.
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Old 30th November 2015, 10:13   #186
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... You have to admire Lyon's chutzpah - despite clear evidence on the big screen that he hit it (and I'd be surprised if he didn't also know he hit it), and despite admitting he thought he was out by effectively walking from the middle, he still decided to return when the third umpire made an unexpected call.
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Old 30th November 2015, 12:40   #187
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The game may have hinged on the decision yesterday. Nigel Llong will be a You Tube star after this.
It turns out that Llong not only made the wrong decision (ultimately costing New Zealand a sizable first innings lead) he didn't follow the correct process in making the wrong decision. Snicko should only be used when hotspot fails to show a mark on the bat apparently. I think he should be suspended for gross incompetence.
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Old 1st December 2015, 20:48   #188
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The day-night fixture was a blockbuster. There's 'success' and there's 'holy **** that was a success'. The Friday evening session brought in 1.8 million viewers on TV, that's unheard of in the final session of a test on a weekday. Some may put that down to the novelty of the game, but the point of the matter is even if people wanted to replicate that in normal tests, it'd be impossible. Because you're supposed to be working on weekdays, yes?

Crowd at Adelaide over 3 days eclipsed any previous crowd figure set over the course of 5 days in any non-ASHES test series.

It's here to stay. BUT they need to get the ball right. The pink ball was getting torn up in shield cricket, which was why the outfield was lush and grass was on the pitch. That being said, the grass on the pitch made for some exciting cricket.
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Old 15th December 2015, 02:11   #189
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The day-night fixture was a blockbuster. There's 'success' and there's 'holy **** that was a success'. The Friday evening session brought in 1.8 million viewers on TV, that's unheard of in the final session of a test on a weekday. Some may put that down to the novelty of the game, but the point of the matter is even if people wanted to replicate that in normal tests, it'd be impossible. Because you're supposed to be working on weekdays, yes?

Crowd at Adelaide over 3 days eclipsed any previous crowd figure set over the course of 5 days in any non-ASHES test series.

It's here to stay. BUT they need to get the ball right. The pink ball was getting torn up in shield cricket, which was why the outfield was lush and grass was on the pitch. That being said, the grass on the pitch made for some exciting cricket.
This game was the best thing that has happened to cricket in a very long time. It shouldnt just be understood as simply a case of starting games a few hours later. The pink ball opens up far more possibilities and seems to have finally put reform of the long game on the agenda. Australia and England now both want four day tests. That must surely make it reality, at least on a voluntary basis as India will probably be against it.

Perhaps adelaide will make history two years in a row if they host the first four day test in modern times next year.
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Old 15th December 2015, 08:45   #190
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It may have re-invogorated Test Cricket, but it's also tolling the death knell of the game.

Most of the beauty of the longer form of the game is the slow tempo of change in conditions, whereas the change in playing conditions as it gets dark appears far more significant, and gives even more advantage to being able to bat "at the right time". The "cost" of Llong's error wasn't just the subsequent near-century partnership, it was that it also deprived NZ of the prime batting time of the evening, and meant they batted at the time conditions were potentially most challenging. In a normal test match the impact would have been much reduced.

Test Cricket is by nature a game of attrition. The pink ball and night conditions remove much of this attritional aspect, and turn it into a different game. It may be an improved form, it may be a more random but more marketable form. But it's not going to "save" Test Cricket, because the result won't have the same core characteristics. It may well be the form we've known all these years is an anachronism in the modern world and doomed to extinction. If so, so be it.
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Old 15th December 2015, 09:59   #191
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That's quite an extrapolation from one test. Especially in the context of all the tests we've had finishing inside 3 days under "beauty" conditions of daytime (more if you take out rain delays).
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That's quite an extrapolation from one test. Especially in the context of all the tests we've had finishing inside 3 days under "beauty" conditions of daytime (more if you take out rain delays).
Sure, but there's also the data from the various Sheild matches, where the teams discovered that declaring just before it got dark was a good strategy.

Plus there's the data from a few decades of ODIs. I suspect most people would agree that day-night ODIs aren't exactly symmetric in the batting conditions - much more so that straight day matches (in day matches over the last twenty years, the chasing side has won about 150 more matches, but in day-night matches, they've lost about 60 more).

But yes, there have been a few three-day tests recently - most notably in the recent Ashes and South Africa in India. The reasons behind these are disputed, and winning the toss was certainly important, but there wasn't the same situation where "innocuous" and "swinging around corners" could be predicted with such inevitability.
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Old 15th December 2015, 15:07   #193
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I don't necessarily dispute your underlying points Breacan but the attacks weren't innocuous outside the evening sessions. Wickets fell in pretty reasonable numbers throughout.
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There's also the small issue of dew in the evenings. While it might not be such a big issue in Australia, it definitely would be in subcontinent (if we ever were to have day-night tests).
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