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5 Days vs X hours or overs.

Duff

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Does anyone have a fair answer as to why a test match is played over five days as opposed to either a set number of hours or overs, thus taking weather out of the equasion ?
In this day of professionalism, the players have nothing better to do & the results are so crucial.
Why sould Mother Nature be the most important player in the game ?
 

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They make up time as best as possible, starting early/finishing late. It's just bad luck if a game gets washed out, if it wasn't for bad weather it would probably be 3-1 already.

If you want to take chance out of the game then you would have to get rid of the toss too, that plays a bigger part than weather.
 

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That's the beauty of cricket. Toss wins you certain advantages but weather and other vagaries affect what is going on.

Got to have set days for play for scheduling etc
 

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Though what they should do is make it a rule that all test matches if the light gets bad, lights are put on. When we have the technology their is no point in losing play.
 

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It doesn;t work ads, because a red ball against black sky is impossible to see.

It happened over here vs the poms a few years back, and the poms were filthy in the feild. Astle was hitting high balls and they just stood there with hands covering their heads LOL
 

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