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Ashes debacle: Has T20 cricket ruined classic batting in Tests?

July 23, 2013 12:42 IST

Ashes debacle: Has T20 cricket ruined classic batting in Tests?

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An article in an Australian newspaper has claimed that the Twenty20 revolution could be responsible for the short attention spans of batsmen who cannot stick out the tough periods.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the superior techniques of the English batsmen, including that of 22-year old centurion Joe Root, suggested that something had gone wrong in the Australian coaching.

The report said that the Sheffield Shield in Australia had been squeezed by the BBL, and the Ryobi Cup had been shaved back to six matches, just two years before Australia hosts the World Cup, and this was not a healthy development.

Australia lost the first two Ashes Tests at Trent Bridge and Lord’s.

So, do you think that T20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League are responsible for batting slump in Test matches, more recently the Ashes Tests?

Have your say!


Image: Australia's Chris Rogers is bowled by Graeme Swann during the 2nd Test at Lord's
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