Cricket: England Win First Test But Where Are The Spectators?

I may be an Irishman but I do have a soft spot for England Cricket.  I accept that it is a complex game which at it’s worst could send the most stoic of us into a deep sleep.

At it’s best it is a gripping encounter, every ball a potential turning point, every run a potential game changer.  In recent years we have seen the rise of 50 over and 20 over cricket.  The one day formats of the game are are undoubtably exciting but test cricket should be the pinnacle of the game.

Sadly recent years have seen the growth of limited overs cricket rise at the expense of test cricket.  It seems that only India, Pakistan and England have maintained a real interest in test cricket.

Today saw the final day of England’s first test against South Africa in Durban.  At the beginning of the day both sides had a chance of winning the match though admittedly an comprehensive England victory looked on the cards from the off.

As reported by the BBC England duly wrapped up the match by skirling South Africa for just 174 runs in their second innings.  South Africa lost six wickets for 38 runs before lunch.

Admittedly there wasn’t really much hope for South Africa to win this match but according to the ICC South Africa are the worlds top ranked cricket team, England sixth.

Sadly as the image above demonstrates England’s victory was watched by three men and a dog.  South Africa crickets announcement that tickets were available on the gate was something of an understatement.

It seems that the only test cricket the public wants to watch is either England V Australia or India V Pakistan.  Even the West Indies home matches, so long a cauldron of colour and excitement, no longer attracts a meaningful number of spectators.

You have to wonder how long the long form of this beautiful game can survive.

It’s loss will be a tragedy for our sporting culture.  Sadly I think test cricket is doomed and it’s demise will be a tragedy.

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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