What were you doing when a predator named Jofra Archer was running to hunt for prey? What were you doing when the first-ever concussion substitute in the history of Test cricket – Marnus Labuschagne was hit and then stood up again to face the heat of a tear away fast bowler to prove that he is an Australian? Did you not watch how Travis Head fight with grit?
If you watched the action of Day 5, then you would understand what Test cricket is all about and if you missed it, I am sorry, you would regret for the rest of your life. You can’t understand how marvelous Test cricket can be by watching the highlights.
One doesn’t know how to define a high quality or high standard Test cricket. Perhaps, a better expert can define it rightly, but for a mere fan, as always, when a fast bowler is making the batsmen dance to the chin music and in response, the batsmen unleash the toughness in him to counter the predator – that is high-quality Test cricket.
When Archer was delivering the cherry at pace during his long spell, boy, it seemed, he relived Gabba 1974-75 and Barbados of 80s at Lord’s. Each delivery threatened the batsmen. Each delivery demanded blood on the pitch. Each delivery meant a wicket.
But the standard went to the next level when Labuschagne did not bog down and fought till the end. He is an Aussie and an Aussie would not surrender so easily. He was joined by Travis Head, who countered the firey spell with courage.
Then there was that threat of slowness of track and low bounce, which, Jack leach was exploiting well with vultures surrounding the two Aussie batters.
Go back and play it with a straight bat – Head and Labuschagne kept the basics right.
The Australians seemed to have been winning the battle of wits in the end, until Leach and Archer showed up to script a late twist in the tale.
But the tough-nut Head and Pat Cummins survived.
What a day of Test cricket it had been!
That is how Test cricket should be.
The rest of the teams should work harder to lift their standard up and the fans should realize why a group of people rate Sir Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, Javed Miandad, Allan Border, Ian, and Greg Chappell, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Steve Waugh, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Rahul Dravid, or Graham Gooch so highly.
How good you are, is decided in a 5-day match against a quality attack and on testing decks!