With a bonanza of Test cricket being played this month one might think the premium format of the game was in good health. India and West Indies are playing out a thrilling Test in Delhi, Pakistan have just beaten Sri Lanka and Australia play South Africa tomorrow.
But as we wrote recently, Test cricket is under serious threat even in its strongest base where the ECB have only provisioned a three Test series with South Africa next summer. With the increse of two match series (how can just two Tests constitute a 'series'?), and the ICC's much trumpeted World Test Championship facing postponement these are challenging times for the ultimate format of the game.
Which leads us to Testing Times, a well-organised campaign that has the long-term goal of persuading the ICC to ensure the protection of Test cricket by granting it greater emphasis in global schedules.
That's some manifesto, but what can we all do to help? Well, the short-term aim is to persuade the ECB to add an extra Test to next summer’s key aformentioned clash between the world’s top two nations, England and South Africa.
It's easy to help - just sign the Petition: the target is to get 28,000 people – the number of people who would fill Lord’s Cricket Ground (clever eh?) – to sign the petition to show that people care about Test match cricket.
We cannot think of many better causes, can you?
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