Test batsmen need to have a number of attributes. Depending on the conditions and the opposition, there will be different requirements.

Some are always necessary:

  • A good eye
  • A half-decent technique
  • Good shot selection
  • Concentration

In matches like Sri Lanka v India at Colombo, other attributes are also required:

  • Stamina
  • Patience
  • Mercilessness
  • Lack of empathy for bowlers
  • Autism
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