How are the peculiarities of Test cricket shaped by its historical beginnings as a village game
Test cricket is a unique game in
many ways. Discuss some of the ways in which it is different from other team games. How are the peculiarities of Test cricket shaped by its historical beginnings as a village game?
Answer: Test cricket is a unique game in the following ways:
1. A test match can go on for five days and still ends in a draw. While the other sports like hockey, badminton, soccer have fixed duration matches.
2. Unlike other sports the dimensions of cricket playground are not well defined. the length of the pitch is specified – 22 yards – but the size or shape of the ground is not.
A cricket ground may be oval or round etc. The uniqueness about this game has historical connection with villages, since it started as a village game.
1. The rhythms of village life were slower and cricket’s rules were made before the Industrial Revolution.
2. Originally cricket matches had no time limit. The game went on for as long as it took to bowl out a side twice.
3. Cricket was originally played on country commons, unfenced land that was public property.The size of the commons varied from one village to another, so there were no designated boundaries or boundary hits.
4. When the ball went into the crowd, the crowd cleared a way for the fields man to retrieve it.
Even after boundaries were written into the laws of cricket, their distance from the wicket was not specified. The laws simply lay down that ‘the umpire shall agree with both captains