Test cricket more exciting

ON THE EVE playing in the Industries of Gladstone 20/20 Cricket Challenge, ex Queensland first-class, T20 and one-day all-rounder Lee Carseldine says the shortened version of the game has been a blessing for Test Cricket.

Bulls Masters player and Australian Survivor star Carseldine said Test cricket is more exciting than it has ever been despite some cricket purists critical of its effect on the longer format.

"I think it's an amazing format because it's exciting and gets families, women, kids and dads to the game," Carseldine said.

"If they are interested in taking that further or watching the game further, there is obviously Test cricket to support as well."

Carseldine added there is space to cater for all formats of the game and said the long laborious Test match days are a thing of the past.

PLACE FOR ALL CRICKET: Bulls Masters player Lee Carseldine supports all formats of the game
PLACE FOR ALL CRICKET: Bulls Masters player Lee Carseldine supports all formats of the game Contributed GLA140916leecarseldi

"Long gone are the days of 250 runs in a day and now Test matches are not going the full stretch of five days which means there's more wickets and runs being scored in a shorter period of time," Carseldine said.

"It's enhancing Test cricket and a lot of people thought that it would take away from it and be a detriment to Test cricket, but I think it's the exact opposite."

The perfect example is Australian opening batsman Dave Warner who made his mark as a swashbuckling T20 power hitter.

"His path was a lot different from most paths toward Test cricket where most play first class cricket and ply their trade there," Carseldine said.

"He made a name for himself playing T20 cricket so you will find a lot more players will be taking that path to Test cricket as opposed to the old traditional path."



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