Boxing Day Test likely to return

2012-06-07 18:34

Johannesburg - Test cricket will "soon" return to its traditional slot between Christmas and New Year after fans protested about the scrapping of the fixture in 2012, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Thursday.

"We've clearly noted the concerns and it was heart-warming to see such a passion for Test cricket being expressed," CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul told Reuters.

"It shows that there is still a great following for Test cricket and that's something we must not just take for granted. We made a mistake in not explaining the reasons for the move better."

The 2012 'Boxing Day test' has been replaced by a T20 international against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth, with CSA citing low crowd numbers, poor performances in recent years and a desire to allow players to spend time at home over Christmas as reasons for the decision.

Faul, however, said broadcasters were also unhappy about the change and it would be a one-off.

"We're going to have to take Test cricket more seriously and I can see the Boxing Day Test definitely being played again soon," he said.

The Proteas have lost their last four home Boxing Day Tests, against Sri Lanka, India, England and Australia.


  • Jaco - 2012-06-07 18:53

    Test cricket remains the pinnacle of the sport. Nobody remembers who won which T20 series, only test stats matter. I may agree that Durban is not the venue due to bad lighT, but the match is a must. Some of us plan our whole December vacation around the boxing day and new years' tests. In two years from now, T20 will fade into nothing more than it deserves, high stakes gambling nothings to be served with fast food and a few beers. Real cricket will triumph, unless you kill it like you'rE doing with this decision.

      Tamaranui - 2012-06-07 19:33

      Test cricket has it's place...........................................................Down at Third man , in the corner.

      Jaco - 2012-06-07 19:43


      malcolm.molver - 2012-06-07 20:21

      I fully agree Jaco. Test series are more memorable and provide the most exciting moments in cricket. Regarding the venue, CSA and the ICC are missing a trick here. They should have it in Durban, but let play start earlier, perhaps at 8:30am. Dew is not a factor in Durban in December, thus they can afford to start play that early. I believe the ICC has some rule about what time play starts. They should really be more flexible on this.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-06-07 20:39

      The days play should definately start earlier. However, the match usually ends in a result anyway, so does it really matter that you lose out on a few overs?

      Jaco - 2012-06-07 20:41

      Malcolm, now it's my turn to agree. Durban and Cape Town draw the best crowds, so any decision to get more play in Durban will be welcomed. As far as \third man\ comment earlier is concerned, test cricket has four slips and NO third man. Wicked stuff!

      Rory - 2012-06-08 08:01

      Agreed. I don't like cricket....

      Rory - 2012-06-08 08:02

      I LOVE IT!!!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-08 09:38

      They scrapped it to move the sport to the EC, it's fairly obvious how politics has once again reared its head in sport. fck them all.

  • cliff.vanbelkum - 2012-06-07 19:02

    nothing better than 'hangin' on the couch with mates and family for a few days at this time and being entertained, Bring it back!

  • Tamaranui - 2012-06-07 19:14

    Oh No, Watching Biffo Smithers score 9 on Boxing Day, Eishhhh

  • Chris - 2012-06-07 19:29

    Do these dumb individuals, (“Acting ‘Chief executive assume is a vaudeville player), have no idea or have ever heard of market research and analysis, a manifestation on the introverted and ‘I know better then you attitude ‘of these plonkers who try and run your sport.

  • nkululeko.j.duma - 2012-06-07 19:34

    oh yes!! what my boxing day would be without test match cricket. Im so stocked that it might come back.

  • petrofect - 2012-06-07 19:44

    cricket on a boxing day, it just doesn't sound right, maybe the day should be renamed to cricket day...idea

  • alan.yates.18007 - 2012-06-07 19:48

    CSA must be alarmingly out of touch not to know that the Boxing Day Test ( and the New Year's Day Test, in case they didn't know that either) are possibly the two most famous traditional test matches played in South Africa.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-06-07 19:59

    Cricket is arguably the most boring sport in the world.

      Walter - 2012-06-08 07:10

      I bet your a terrible bore yourself! Certainly sound like it. Don't watch and sit looking out of the window at nothing.

      Ian - 2012-06-08 08:18

      no watching the banana boys unable to get a single win is boring

      Ben - 2012-06-08 08:51

      Not more boring that watching Bafana trying to win a match...

      thamsanqag - 2012-06-08 10:29

      The saddest thing is that even idiotic idiots are entitled to their lame opinions. I can't even understand why you were reading a cricket article let alone commenting on it

  • booswig.visagie - 2012-06-07 20:02

    CSA is selling out cricket for a profit. Sad.

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