Yet another reason why Test matches should always start on a Thursday

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We write Cricket Badger and Cricinfo’s Twitter round-up on a Thursday so we sometimes don’t find time to do a proper match preview if a Test starts on a Friday.

Granted, this is perhaps not one of the greater considerations when the powers that be are scheduling cricket matches, but surely we can add it to the long list of reasons why Tests should always start on Thursdays.

So, England eh? Chris Woakes. Durham. Sri Lanka. [Wanders off to get some chilli and a glass of wine].


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  1. If the match is to be over in three days, that is a very good argument for starting on a Friday…

    …or even starting on a Saturday when it is a bank holiday weekend…

    …except for Lord’s, where the matches simply must start on a Thursday.

    1. how about 4 day(&night) test matches that start on friday and end on monday?

  2. Speaking of the Badger, there’s only a few more hours to go to the great Jake Cake reveal. Any guesses as to the chosen cake?

    1. In response to the Test match, we’ve brought the Cricket Badger mailing time forward by half an hour.

      The things we do to make you people happy/slightly less unhappy.

      1. This is a dangerous step. There are no trains going past here at 11 o’clock on a Friday morning, so I use the arrival of the Badger to let me know it is safe to immediately cross the tracks with my eyes closed and my headphones on. I have no idea about the trains at 10:30. Don’t you people ever stop to think about the chaos you might cause?

      2. If we stopped to think of the chaos we caused, we’d never get anything done.

  3. Last week’s test started on a Thursday and barring the shouting (sorry, I got a bit excited demanding Vince be got on) was done by Saturday lunchtime. Valuable cricketing-drinking hours were therefore lost and by my own admission, Sunday was, frankly, a bit shit.

  4. Sneaky. Just one (rather good) joke about the cake with no reveal of the actual cake. And I’m travelling next Friday so I won’t be able to find out what it was.

    1. We’d suggest you consult your memory being as you supplied the original story, but we assume you’re like us and no longer retain information.

  5. @thecompdog is ‘hungry’ and feels due. He’s focused on the quality of his preparations, rather than the quantity, presumably.

    Expect the runs to flow.

      1. Root has done a Bell and spooned one to cover when looking like a million dollars.

  6. They’re coming up with cricketer gameshows on the BBC live text. One idea:

    “Through the Keyhole. Colonoscopy-based treasure hunt show feat former Eng & Kent batsman Robert Key. Or parts of him, anyway.”

    Think this is incredibly bad taste m’self.

    1. Bairstow’s Bears’ Toes, in which Young Jonny Bairstow takes a look at the severed digits of various members of the family Ursidae and attempts to identify which species they belonged to.

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