Originally Posted by SJS
Of course they will. If you are going to slog and miss the ball still has to be pitched on the stumps for you to be bowled.
I think you are not at all on the same page as me.
I am notsaying that the better bowlers or the better batsmen will nottake wickets or score runs respectively. Read a second and third time if required please.
What I am saying is that the standards 'required' for this format will be lower for obvious reasons and over time the overall standards will decline
Of course in any format the better players will perform better. But what dfines better will change.
When wickets stopped being left uncovered, players who had the technique to play on stickies vanished. Now have stickies and the Tendulkars and Laras will scream 'blue murder' . But have stickies as a permanent feature and players who are the best of the best will learn to play on them.
Skills evolve with need butthey also disappear, over time, as the need disappears.
I rest my case. Since I have absolutely nothing more to add and repeating oneself is very tiresome
The standards required for this format are not lower, they're just different.
Should I write off Test cricket as substandard because being able to play the reverse sweep or the lap over fine leg is virtually useless? How about the bowlers like Hoggard who aren't 'good enough' to bowl any variations or change his lines and lengths?
This line of reasoning is no more ridiculous than what you're doing.