Saving the Test is a book about the future of cricket. Through a series of essays, it explores the many and grievous threats that are endangering the Test match, from the reappearance of match-fixing, to unhelpful scheduling to the soaring popularity of Twenty20, and attempts to show how and why five-day cricket should survive.
The declining health of the Test match is becoming an increasingly pressing issue in the world of cricket. Administrators, players and commentators alike are feeling compelled to address it. A former editor of Wisden, Scyld Berry, remarked in December that the sport’s governing body was “destroying Test cricket” with its scheduling, while two weeks earlier, the eminent Indian batsman Rahul Dravid told an MCC audience in Australia that the sport was under threat from “the scourge of match-fixing”. These issues are only going to become more urgent in the years to come, and Saving the Test promises to be the first book to address them.
Before more of the book can be written, however, I need a publisher. If you think that this sounds like an important book or an exciting project, please drop me a note or a tweet. To find out more, you can download the first chapter here.