A very insightful article in the London Times on the impact of T20 cricket. What is even more interesting is the spate of comments this article has generated.

We want sixes and we want them now” read one banner at one of the games. William Rees-Mogg writes, “…Sixes can become a bore, like the battues of pheasants by the thousand at Sandringham in the days of King Edward VII. Sixes laid on in Twenty20 matches can be mere satiation.

I personally feel that this was coming because of the lack of competitiveness in test cricket – with Australia driving ahead in one direction and teams like West Indies and even Sri Lanka just falling away in in test cricket standards. In the last ten years, there have been only 3 or 4 competitive test series of note – India-Australia (2001, 2004), the Ashes of 2005, are ones I remember.

In T20, everyone, even Zimbabwe has a chance, (well, they beat a jet lagged sleepy Australian side at the World T20).

Unless all the test teams significantly raise their standards make every test match more and more competitive (with good pitches, etc.), T20 will take the headlines

Some interesting comments,

Yes, I have many sympathies with the way the classical off-drive has been replaced with the slog-sweep as the shot de jour and the various tactical battles fought over the course of a 1st class match are being lost.” – Stephen, Northampton, England

I’d rather see a condensed version of the matchups and strategies employed in a T20 game, in an evening of fun filled with beer, friends and T20.” -Ravi, Chicago, USA

This is not cricket – it is a seditious subversion of a fine game to suit the cantankerous whims of film stars and liquor barons.” – Shishir Baxi, Dubai,

I saw my first match yesterday. Virender Sehwag in Andrew Symonds over hit three sixes and equal number of fours and took an evenly poised match to a match that became a virtual walkover. One just realised that it can be over in a blink. Whoever paid Symonds $700,000 lost their money before he could even start counting the notes.

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