Martin wasn't New Zealand's best bowler in that first test, he was terrible, the most pedestrian fast bowling performance I've seen in a long time. He picked up a couple of declearation wickets but was next to useless otherwise.
Wagner's terrible too but at least he can hold a bat.
As much as that would help the weaker teams, it just doesn't make for good viewing for the general public and I personally think a tier system would just about sort all that out, competition is best where in it's actually competitive.
I don't see having two tiers helping improve the standard of Test cricket.
Whatever changes are made should be done with the aim of improving Test cricket, both it's overall standard and to keep it as the ultimate form of the game.
- less teams to play in a rotation = less fixture congestion
- sides play other sides at the same level
- the format becomes workable with a proper table and championship
- series lengths become standard rather than agreed by the two sides
- the game becomes more international with more than 10 elite teams in it
- weaker sides can improve and get promotion to aim at, it isn't just playing cricket and a string of meaningless results
By 1999, with coach David Lloyd resigning after the World Cup exit and new captain Nasser Hussain just appointed, England hit rock bottom (literally ranked as lowest rated test nation) after losing in shambolic fashion to New Zealand 2?1. Hussain was booed on the Oval balcony as the crowd geered "We've got the worst team in the world" to the tune of "whole world in our hands".
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Taylor hints at return for England series
Good to see Ryder & Taylor will be back soon. Get them back in the middle order & the NZ especially in tests will be solid.