Petersen’s rise has been a revelation

Petersen’s rise has been a revelation

In the last few weeks, we have seen the opposing aspects of Test cricket. First, it’s shown in all its glory and then we’ve fully uncovered the game’s many flaws.

The Australia vs England series has often been disappointingly one-sided. This became apparent again when the swell Travis Head, aided by Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green, launched a fierce counter-attack in Hobart.

In the first three Tests it was primarily the home side that displayed the patience and application required for five-day cricket. This led to a disappointing 12 days where Australia fought their way to a series win, while English cricket was exposed for all its disqualification.

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It was only when Joe Root’s batting skills were replicated and England applied a few bowling knots at the end that a Test was saved. Even then it was a close call. At the SCG, Australia were still the better side, the specialist took the lead and prepared to expend the desired energy, but at least England found some much-needed fighting. Nearly nine hours away, South Africa surprisingly defeated India in an old-fashioned dogfight that also included some exciting cricket. There was also enough emotion involved that was notably missing from the surprisingly controversial Ashes contest.

The South African series featured bowling dominance. It came on pitches that might have been heavily in favor of the fielding side, but also included some excellent batting. Because different batting was not so prevalent, the grueling innings of Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli stood out. Brilliant shots played by Rishabh Pant and Keegan Pietersen proved that aggressive batting can be achieved even on test surfaces, keeping the scoring in mind.

In particular, Peterson’s sudden rise to fame has been a revelation and begs the question; “Where is he hiding this time?”

This example reveals one of the secrets of Test cricket; Do some selectors know what they should be looking for?

Pietersen is 28 years old, but has played only five Tests. Despite his lack of experience, he has all the requirements of Test No 3, including the wide range of shots he prepares to play, as well as a solid defense. So, why is he playing now?

Sometimes players deserve the opportunity only on the basis of ability and temperament and this is where good selection takes place.

The further selections from the England side are a mystery. Zak Crowley and Ollie Pope are two talented young batsmen who have long-term success credentials at the Test level. Sure, he’s had his failures and needs a confidence boost like many before him, but technically he’s far better equipped than genre-challenged Dom Sibley or Rory Burns.

There is always a temptation to pick the gritty players and at times it can be a wise choice. On the other hand, fans can expect to see some aggressive young selections and they provide great entertainment when these players come out.

Ever since the introduction of T20 cricket, we have been told that Test batting has become more aggressive and the fielding has improved. Well, how is the public often told that “it’s a good holiday” and “that ball was left at length”?

Commentary statements must be qualified to describe out-fielding as more enjoyable; Slip catching is back.
Also, I wouldn’t mind betting that more balls are being allowed to pass as of late. When a classy stroke-maker like Kohli fails to score runs in around 40 balls, it is time to split the aggression in the game intelligently.

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It is time for determination and discipline. However, Test cricket has long been included in the realm of entertainment and should be a part of the selection process.

A good Test selector is able to incorporate both in his choice and that is why he is highly regarded. When it comes to financial rewards, cricket should start giving more importance to selection than coaching; It will make a pleasant and meaningful change.



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