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Thread: If Test cricket died

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    If Test cricket died

    Would you still watch cricket?

    Personally, I would watch the occasional game of One Day cricket, but then I would probably end up getting desperate and start watch lots more OD.

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    Voted yes, but wouldn't take time off work to do so etc

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    I probably wouldn't to be honest. I'd still follow Lancashire keenly, but i've just never had the same passion for ODIs and T20Is that I do for Test matches.
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    It won't die. Even if it just remains England and Australia. Simple as.
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    A prospect I've never given the remotest of consideration to, so don't honestly have a clue what the answer might be.

    TBH though, the idea that Test cricket will "die" isn't a very likely one. The worry is that the money being overwhelmingly in Twenty20 will see players prioritise their Twenty20 skills and thus the standard of Test cricket will drop enormously.
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    Say it does. Test cricket is wiped off the calendars completely.

    There is no "it will never die" answers.

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    No. The only T20 or ODI cricket I watch are the World Cups really, but I probably wouldn't bother with those with no Tests.
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    Would we still have First Class cricket?
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    Short answer : Yes
    Long anser : Yes because I love cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Would we still have First Class cricket?
    First thought would be "what's the point in First-Class cricket without Tests?" but the truth is First-Class cricket - and the idea of it - predates Tests by a good few years. And there was a time - the late-19th-century - when First-Class cricket had a prominence that the sparse and haphazard Tests did not. Even into the 1930s and 1950s, it was still not the case that Test cricket was the only thing of real importance and First-Class cricket merely a feeder, not in England and Australia anyway.

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    Yes.

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    maybe but it will take awhile to accept it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    First thought would be "what's the point in First-Class cricket without Tests?" but the truth is First-Class cricket - and the idea of it - predates Tests by a good few years. And there was a time - the late-19th-century - when First-Class cricket had a prominence that the sparse and haphazard Tests did not. Even into the 1930s and 1950s, it was still not the case that Test cricket was the only thing of real importance and First-Class cricket merely a feeder, not in England and Australia anyway.
    Well I for one would go to every NSW home Shield game I could get to if Tests were scrapped but the Shield remained. If anything the crowds would increase a little IMO, although the Shield basically been carried financially for ages so it'd probably be given the axe as well.

    Anyway, I was actually asking the question practically as such - I was asking Jakester what his theoretical situation actually entailed as it'd change my answer.

    If there was no Test or First Class cricket, I'm sure I'd still watch ODIs and the odd Twenty20 game as I do now, but I doubt I'd follow it with the enthusiasm that I do now. Wouldn't go to games, read cricinfo and Cricket Web religiously, make 20 posts a day on this forum etc etc but I'd more than likely still watch the games.

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    I reckon I'd watch more LO stuff if it was all that was available

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    Yeah, I would. Generally at least keep an eye on whatever live cricket Sky shows and at least 95% of the domestic games they carry are limited overs.

    Agree with Mr P tho, there'll always be a market for it here & in the antipodes. Rugby league is basically the model there; only 3 serious test nations and they're England (or GB), the Kangaroos and the Kiwis.
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