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5 things we learnt from the Adelaide Test

The Adelaide test was a highlight of the series with the very first day / night test on Australian soil.

Jeff Vaughan gives us his insights into the game as only he can.

  1. The Adelaide Oval Test was always going to be a success.
    Even without the new day/night format drawing interest, the Adelaide Test is always well supported, always has a good crowd and also presents well on TV. It is Adelaide’s ‘social event’ of the year and well done to all who attended and represented Adelaide to the world by enjoying all the festivities that the Oval has to offer. It was unprofessional to have the team masseur on the field in a Test match.
    In this day and age where we send the 12th man back to play Shield cricket (which I believe is a correct decision), surely we can be more organised and more professional than to have a masseur take to the field in a TEST Match. It was quite embarrassing to see the ball go straight through the legs of the mid-off fieldsman and race away towards the long boundary at Adelaide Oval only to question who in god’s name is that chasing the ball??? We soon found out that his name was Grant Baldwin and he played Second XI cricket for Victoria back in 2008 and even bowled an over in a Tour match in South Africa. That is all very well and good but please have someone who is ready for action! Now, it was pleasing to see that decision rectified on day three of the match with the introduction of Sam Raphael – who is actually a current professional cricketer for the Redbacks and possesses the skills required to be there. He even created two direct hit runouts in the recent Matador cup v NSW. This was all started by England back in the “05” Ashes series when the substitute fielder Gary Pratt (quality fielder at First Class level) took to the field as the sub for the Poms and proceeded to run out Ricky Ponting who was the dominant player in the game at that stage! That act changed the course of the match for the better for the England team. I am breathing a sigh of relief that our decision to field a masseur didn’t change the course of the match in a negative way for Australia.
  2. DRS and Nigel Llong got it so very wrong with the Nathan Lyon decision.
    I was sitting in the crowd and clearly saw an edge on the bat through the hotspot camera. Nathan Lyon was nearly off the field before he was asked to hold his ground. What ensued was eight minutes, (which actually felt like half an hour), of wasted time while we were trying to get a decision! Not only was it a poor decision to give not out, it was also a poor look for the game that we had to wait that long for a decision. The DRS system must be better than that in the future.
  3. Spare a thought for Geoff Marsh in the stands watching both of your sons represent their country.
    No doubt Mr Marsh would have been the proudest man in Australia that day. No doubt he would have also been the most nervous, anxious and excited man in the country as well. I’m sure parents around Australia would have felt for him when he slapped his leg in disappointment when Shaun was run out in the first Innings. Stay strong Geoff. Hopefully there are plenty more great times ahead for your boys in the Baggy Green.
  4. The Pink ball is here to stay!
    Day night cricket is fun! People want to be there and more are able to go to the match as it is held in far more convenient hours. This increase in crowds and people watching on TV results in higher revenue for TV networks and the game. The players will reap the rewards of this with increased revenue to the game equating in larger contracts for them. Everyone wins, everyone is happy, it is here to stay.

Let’s just hope we don’t overdo it and get greedy. There was a time that we thought T20 would be just a fresh change to the game, generate a bit of cash and bring new people to the game. However it feels a little like we are putting all of our eggs in the T20 basket at the risk of other formats of the game. Please, no greed. One to two day/night Tests maximum per year.