This piece by Ed Cowan is well worth a read, especially if you judge Test cricketers swiftly or dissect techniques, finding fault with minor details.
Cowan puts things in perspective. Being a Test cricketer is not so much about being gifted as having the ability to stand still without spontaneously vomiting. A high front elbow’s all well and good, but if you’ve only had five minutes’ sleep in the last fortnight, you’re going to struggle with 90mph out-swingers.
He also gets a bit Gideon Haigh, waxing lyrical about longer Test series and how they offer opportunities for riposte and redemption. The sentiments are nothing new, but it’s fascinating to hear similar views coming from someone who spends their time on the other side of the rope.
It would be nice if people could read this article and instantly understand the attraction of Test cricket, but sadly it doesn’t work like that. Cowan’s is the position most of us eventually get to after we’ve invested time in the sport. It’s not easy to get there, but it’s worth it.