A pitch invader is taken from the field on day 3 of the third Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.  (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHATSOEVER, NO USE IN BOOKS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM AAP
A pitch invader is taken from the field on day 3 of the third Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHATSOEVER, NO USE IN BOOKS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM AAP DAVE HUNT-AAP

SOAPBOX: Day-night Test cricket is garbage

I'M SORRY but I just cannot get into this day-night Test cricket business.

It is just not cricket.

A first-day declaration, sorry, sure it may have been a case of horses for courses, but since when have we celebrated sides taking the pads off in 76 overs?

The ball was zipping about under lights, so they decided to do it.

Surely anyone can see that is a complete manipulation of the game.

Call me a purist, boring or behind the times, I don't really care.

I see day-night Test cricket as a band aid, cash-grabbing, quick-fix attempt at addressing a much greater problem facing the game.

We already have T20 and ODI cricket. Throw a pink ball in there if you're so desperate to see a pink rock flying over the boundary or knocking stumps over.

Test cricket should be played in daylight hours.

Test pitches should be greener, quicker or break up a lot more. They should be offering much more to bowlers than they currently do, to swing the game more towards an even keel, rather than the batsman-favoured form it is now.

That is the answer to making Test cricket more entertaining.

Force batsmen to value their wicket, to score slowly at first then cash in once they're set.

Some Tests won't last the distance, that's just life.

I can accept that if it's down to an absolute belter of a pitch, some superb bowling or weather, not a complete manipulation and destruction of what made Test cricket such a beautiful sport to watch.


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