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Old 3rd December 2019, 15:43   #101
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By the end of the SA series, England will have played 9 Tests for their 2 series. So 2 more than India have played for 2 series.

It's just hard to take seriously. Each Test should have equal weighting, with a bonus for winning a series (like the current rankings).
Fair play to India - they have won the fixture planning aspect of the competition.
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Old 3rd December 2019, 16:38   #102
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Fair play to India - they have won the fixture planning aspect of the competition.
Until they play us for 5 Tests - although by then they will have qualified for the Final and they'll probably win at least 4 of them anyway.

It'll be more funny if they qualify 500 points ahead of the 2nd Team and then don't win it.
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Old 3rd December 2019, 16:56   #103
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I won't be so sure about either of our batting lineups at Lords to make much runs. Considering India too has a decent bowling attack these days, I wouldn't be surprised if it is a close contest.

Having said that, we don't have any home tests until 2021 or so, I guess, so you can expect some changes to the points table.
Quite true. I'm just going off Australia's good record at Lords and India's most recent series in England. It'll probably be a crapshoot.
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Old 3rd December 2019, 17:47   #104
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Quite true. I'm just going off Australia's good record at Lords and India's most recent series in England. It'll probably be a crapshoot.
What both sides have shown on recent performances in England is that if they get to bat first, they can win a Test. It might need someone to remind Paine of that fact though if he wins the toss!!
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... Each Test should have equal weighting, with a bonus for winning a series (like the current rankings).
I disagree. Each series should have equal weighting, otherwise cliques will develop. The relationships involved are one-to-one relationships between pairs of test-playing nations.
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Old 4th December 2019, 09:12   #106
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I disagree. Each series should have equal weighting, otherwise cliques will develop. The relationships involved are one-to-one relationships between pairs of test-playing nations.
You mean those cliques where we play 5 Tests against Australia and India and no one else?

If anything, giving each Test equal weighting might encourage more Tests in a series for the lower ranked teams.
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You mean those cliques where we play 5 Tests against Australia and India and no one else?

If anything, giving each Test equal weighting might encourage more Tests in a series for the lower ranked teams.
Yes, England and Sri Lanka should be playing more than 2 tests in March.
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Old 11th December 2019, 08:01   #108
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Pakistan playing a home test v SL. The tourists have started well - 89/0.
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I think it is more fair to put the number of series in the bracket than the matches.
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I think it is more fair to put the number of series in the bracket than the matches.
That's a valid point. India have won all 7 of their matches, yet as we know in the Test Championship, not all Tests are equal!! In fact, seemingly, the less important they are, the more valuable they become.
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I think it is more fair to put the number of series in the bracket than the matches.
Itís utterly meaningless if you DONT put the series in there.

No of tests is irrelevant.
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Itís utterly meaningless if you DONT put the series in there.

No of tests is irrelevant.
Well I won't bother then.

Four-day Test matches could become mandatory as part of the World Test Championship from 2023, with the ICC's cricket committee likely to formally consider the change in 2020 amid widespread discussions among member boards about how to reduce numerous pressure points in the global cricket calendar for the future.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...four-day-tests
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Well I won't bother then.

Four-day Test matches could become mandatory as part of the World Test Championship from 2023, with the ICC's cricket committee likely to formally consider the change in 2020 amid widespread discussions among member boards about how to reduce numerous pressure points in the global cricket calendar for the future.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...four-day-tests

And the ECB to back them.

https://twitter.com/telecricket/stat...024053764?s=21
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There were 40 scheduled test matches in 2019, one of which was cancelled. Only 12 made it to day 5, including two matches that had had multiple days washed out, and 2 whose day 5s lasted 12 and 16 balls. England would've won the Ashes 2-0, mind you.

So I get the arguments around improving scheduling, but it's not going to help players avoid burn out much as it's hardly reducing their workload.
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England are backing plans to reduce all Test matches, including the Ashes, from five days to four from 2023.

But with an ever-increasing workload on modern players.......
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This is a daft idea. No wonder England are backing it -- they have no appetite for test cricket and no intention of nurturing a domestic system that can produce proper test players. The fans will love it though -- most posters on here are bored stiff by proper test match cricket.
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This is a daft idea. No wonder England are backing it -- they have no appetite for test cricket and no intention of nurturing a domestic system that can produce proper test players. The fans will love it though -- most posters on here are bored stiff by proper test match cricket.
100 ball T20s, 4 day tests - ECB are like Cadburyís - making the treats smaller and charging more.
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This is a daft idea. No wonder England are backing it -- they have no appetite for test cricket and no intention of nurturing a domestic system that can produce proper test players. The fans will love it though -- most posters on here are bored stiff by proper test match cricket.
I don't think so. There were 109 comments (usually about half a dozen for any article). Every one hates the idea. 167 people liked/rated one comment.
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