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Old November 4, 2016, 02:38 AM
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Default The changing face of (Test) cricket

It is quite clear that in the last 4-5 years we are witnessing the emergence of spin as a major force in world cricket, and particulalry Test cricket. Teams that lack world class spinners, or who cannot play spin, are very quickly falling down the rankings.

As exemplified by Australia against SL, with England against BD, and again just recently with Australia's ineptitude against SA's Maharaj, there is nowhere to hide if you fail in spin. This article from Swann is a great summary of the desperation in England that is yet to register with many English administrators :
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/conte...y/1064634.html

Could this be a new golden era for teams in the subcontinent? India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are primed to move up the rankings with their world class spinners. Indeed Pakistan have already achieved success with their No. 1 ranking, thanks to Yasir Shah as well as their awesome pace bowlers. With Test cricket struggling for viewership, more matches could be played on the subcontinent - including in BD where interest is at fever pitch right now. This will only help our cause.

Maybe Bangladesh are at the cusp of their own golden era. Miraz is a real find, and I believe he has real potential to be a world top 5 bowler of the likes of Ashwin. If he improves (a scary thought for opposition batsman) and we maintain batting consistency to post decent scores - and boards world wide stop depriving BD of quality series like we just witnessed against England - Bangladesh might join Pakistan and India as a serious contender for a top 3 Test ranking.

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Old November 4, 2016, 06:25 AM
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Interesting, we will have to wait and see, how we improve.
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Old November 6, 2016, 08:57 PM
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Definitely a renaissance in classic test matches....I love it
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Old November 6, 2016, 10:48 PM
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Must admit, enjoying some of the recent test matches- BD/Eng, WI/Pak, even Zim/SL.

Requires a totally different skillset/application. Any talks of end of test cricket must end.
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Old November 6, 2016, 10:50 PM
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^^upcoming India v England may or maybe not be one-sided.


Wishing that it would be a competitive series.
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Old November 7, 2016, 12:31 AM
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Bangladesh needs a leg spinner - that will make Bangladesh competitive against subcontinent sides too.
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We still need two decent pacers. There can never be a winning test (in all conditions) side without a pace bowling partnership.
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Old November 7, 2016, 04:33 AM
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^^upcoming India v England may or maybe not be one-sided.


Wishing that it would be a competitive series.
What are the chances of English batsman holding up against Indian spin. And there's three of them to deal with-Ashin (Form Of His Life), Mishra and Jadeja.
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Old November 8, 2016, 01:51 AM
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A great article that shows some stats to prove this point:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/conte...y/1065074.html


The author should include Bangladeshi spinners in the analysis.
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