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Zafar Ansari vs Mike Selvey: Has test cricket had its day?

Will the sport succumb to the challenge from T20—or does it have life in it yet? Our contributors debate

Joe Burns plays a shot on day 1 of the first Trans-Tasman Test match between Australia and New Zealand, 2015. Photo: PA

 

Yes: Zafar Ansar

 

 

Test cricket is a bit like democracy. Both are apparently always about to collapse, ready to be replaced by inferior alternatives. Where democracy is threatened by the spectre of populism, for test cricket the current fear is T20.

These worries are not new. Following defeat to Australia in 1882, English cricket was infamously pronounced dead, with its body “cremated” and its ashes…

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