Trent Bridge pitch will lead to the death of Test Cricket

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The first Test between England and India held at Trent Bridge has been marked as "poor" by David Boon, the match referee.

It was deemed to not have provided a fair contest between bat and ball, as evidenced by the high scores made by individuals. I just hope this is a one-off for Trent Bridge, widely seen as one of the best venues to watch cricket, and which has held many entertaining matches in the past.

Glory days

Indeed I was fortunate enough to be one of the crowd, nigh on a year ago, at this venue to witness England beat Australia by the narrow margin of 14 runs. The amount of joy and relief was palpable, as was the emotion, when the review showed that Haddin, the last man standing, was indeed out.

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Fast forward a year later and Trent Bridge again played host to the first of a five-match Test series, a game where just like last year the 10th wicket partnership record was broken with a No. 11 surprising the cricket world with bat in hand.

Pre-season friendly 

However, that is where the similarities end. Whereas the last hour of the Ashes Test was nerve-inducing and at points, unwatchable, the last hour of the game against India more resembled the end of a pre-season friendly where it had been agreed to let every player have a bowl.

Test cricket is very much the Bengal Tiger of the cricketing world; a mesmerising, unpredictable but sadly, endangered creature, in need of care and nurture. Pitches like this are the equivalent of taking food and prey away from the tiger and leaving it to fend for itself.

Pitch problem

The pitch was slow and sluggish, making the chances of a result highly improbable from the start and paving the way for a dull game.

It can only be hoped that this pitch is not replicated in the upcoming matches of the summer. The Ageas Bowl had a pitch that granted a fair balance between bat and ball, and the match benefited greatly from this.

So let us keep our fingers crossed and hope that the habitat of Old Trafford, and certainly Trent Bridge next year, is one where the Bengal tiger of cricket can proudly strut and entertain us all once more.

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Brad Haddin
England cricket

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