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As Tests go...

I know that I said I never watched Cricket Tests. It was true up until a month ago. But with the Australians recently touring India for the Border-Gavaskar trophy, which consists of four Tests, I seem to have taken a sudden liking to Tests. Somehow the thought that a Test equates to a battle is a charming thought. Unlike the Twenty20 or ODI formats in Cricket, a Test is played for a period of five days. That's right! Five days! Each team gets to play two innings, each attempting to better its scores, or simply keeping the other down, with every batting turn. At the end of a day of play, the teams get to assess a variety of factors:
How did the pitch behave today? Was there enough turn on the ball? Was there enough swing for the pace bowlers?Who played well and who didn't? Is a player's exising injury starting to bother him and should that be taken into consideration going forward?How much of the weather was a factor today? How much of the weather will be a factor during the…