Originally Posted by SteveNZ
Do NZC actually schedule them though - or is their hand forced by overseas boards that would rather play with the big boys? And when scheduling ODIs (weather permitting) know that they'll get a day's play, as opposed to the fourth and fifth day of a Test?
Have no doubt that the other boards are a big part of it, however there would be some sort of negotiating process and if NZC pushed hard for 3 tests we'd surely be playing at least a few more proper series. They would make less money because ODIs still bring in revenue apparently, while tests I believe are typically a cost. So I suspect NZC just don't care enough about tests to push for longer series. Surely could play an extra T20 or two to make up the financial difference.
Unlucky Boult - has really had these Lankan batsmen in trouble here. Tough chance for Watling.