We just had a gripping first hour’s play on Day 4 after a rain delay in Kolkata. But rather than carry on and entertain the crowd, who waited through the first hour and a half for the field to dry, the players headed off to lunch.
Yes, everyone needs to eat. But for forty minutes? Count this among the many reasons Test cricket faces a tough time in the modern world. I just don’t understand, especially since the umpires think they can make up the overs by extending play time to 5 p.m. (play hasn’t gone past 4:30 p.m. in the past three days).
Absolutely silly. And don’t give me any nonsense that cutting lunch down to 20 minutes would be unfair to South Africa. You’re here to play the game, not eat Marie biscuits. (Delicious as they may be.)