Why the art of leaving the ball in Test cricket has declined? Joe Root Answers

Test cricket is the best format of the game where skill set is different from ODIs and T20 internationals. If a cricketer wants to play Test matches, he is told to leave the ball intentionally at times to deny the bowler a chance of a dismissal.

However, in today's parlance, there are hardly few batsmen left who are inclined to let the ball go if it is darted outside the off stump. Joe Root, the current English skipper, believes the pace of cricket, which contributed to the birth of T20 format, is behind it all.

“Social media came in!” Root said.

“Without trying to get too much in depth into the way the world has changed, people want things more, now.

“People want things now all the time.

“I think that creeps into everything else that you do. Naturally the (Test) game has got quicker.

“Twenty20 has come in and guys playing all three formats, it’s always going to have some impact in your game.

“It’s not just our team and India’s team that are wanting to hit the ball a lot more. It’s a general rule in world cricket. It’s the way that the game has moved forward.”

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