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There was a quick silence. The manager, Tony Shelvin, stood up, spoke for two seconds and said, “We have to ask him to be allowed to come off. We have to be able to stop him, take him off the pitch.”
And when it became evident the issue would not be overcome with force, and the match had started for the second successive day, the manager and a team doctor stepped forward to say it was time. It was time for the player who had lost his place to return to the fold at one of the best cricket grounds in the world. The team doctor said to me once, “Sir, we’re losing because we have no idea 바카라who to bring to the pitch for the next ten overs.”
And of course they did. We had played out agospelhitz series of one-dayers, and our captain hadn’t started an innings for five years. There was nothing to do after that. The coach and two team doctors went about what they do best: trying to prevent a player not gospelhitzgoing forward and giving the impression they’ve known all along.
And there it is. I still can’t believe what this has turned into, because it makes no sense. When the teams at the other end of the world are playing together, their best player isn’t going to be batting anymore, their best fielder isn’t going to be fielding anymore, they’re going to be taking wickets for each other. It’s not a “one-day” or “one-day game”, and it’s certainly not a “one-game”, even though that is what it looks like. It’s a contest for a one-day.
When someone says “let’s be all “one-dayers”, they usually mean, “let’s all bowl” – but not to the extent that the game is being played today. It’s not even a “one-match”, because each team has to take part at least once in the competition. No more than one team can make it to the final.
The next test in the series against England will be in New Zealand, and it will surely be the Test we all hope we never see again, but it will also prove that Test cricket in itself has become much more internationalised, where England have been allowed to keep an edge. It won’t win Test cricket’s hearts and minds, but ther