So I've been trying to watch this, yesterday and today at work. I've gotta say, for a casual observer, I don't know what the appeal is. How are you not all asleep, this is boring as hell, and this Head bloke won't play a damned thing.
I find the mind games between bowler and batsmen and the little battles they have throughout the day the interesting part.
Make sure you tune in when Australia come out to bowl, I have a feeling Starc is going to rip them apart.
The balls the Kiwis are sending Head are just shit too, at least I think they are. It's like the Kiwis are doing anything they can to take any excitement out of it.
They are and that is what that type of tactic is called negative bowling. Test cricket has a charm that takes a while to cultivate but once it is cultivated, it is like a fine wine. No other form of cricket even comes close. It is like a five day game of chess. Bowlers are using tactics to try and work over batsmen. Batsmen are trying to show extreme patience and not lose concentration. It is a game of millimetres too.
As said above, watch Starc go at bowling if he gets it swinging, it is exciting stuff.
Or just watch some highlights of Shane Warne, no one before or after has even come close to him. It is actually really ironic that the one guy who did, had a career at exactly the same time.
I don't watch replays of sports I love, so I certainly won't be watching that wanker playing cricket. I just honestly don't get it, I actually find the Sydney to Hobart more exciting, at least those guys are constantly working their ass off and doing what they do.
I love T20, and I mean, I don't hate one dayers, but honestly, what sick bastards are going to a stadium for 4 - 5 days to watch this in the heat?
Fair enough. As I said, it takes time to cultivate an understanding and then love for test cricket. It is all about the subtleties and stats that you need time to understand. Of course, it isn't for everyone and that is fine too.
But watching Steve Smith is exciting because while he is unorthodox, he is also very orthodox at the same time. Even when he isn't playing well, he still makes 85. He has supreme powers of concentration and patience. This sort of stuff is what excites us test lovers.
I found it more exciting and more of a let down when he was on strike. Glad he was there, because everyone knows what he can do. Disappointed, because they just do whatever they can to not do anything in a test.
T20 is where it's at for mine.