Ball-tampering row could lead to long-term split in cricket

To the uninitiated, test cricket is a sporting anachronism. A strange game played by an odd assortment of nations, in which 22 men dressed in white play for five full days, with breaks for lunch and tea, in which matches often end with no results.

26th August, 2006

To the uninitiated, test cricket is a sporting anachronism. A strange game played by an odd assortment of nations, in which 22 men dressed in white play for five full days, with breaks for lunch and tea, in which matches often end with no results.

And surely they would argue that only a game of such eccentricity could be rocked to its very foundations, and prompt the intervention of a president, simply because one team refused...

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