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Keeping up with the first day of the second Test at Lords yesterday on the radio, television or internet, it was hard to believe that the long form of the game is now in serious jeopardy. A capacity crowd relished the miserably unfamiliar sight of England's batsmen setting about the Australian attack, at least until tea. But behind the screens, many of the game's luminaries who sit on the MCC's world cricket committee had just spent two days deliberating on ways of saving Test cricket. They concluded that something had to be done, fast. They are right. When even a cricket-obsessed nation like India can no longer fill its grounds for a five-day match, while the highly competitive 20-over version of the game has cash swilling into its organiser's bank accounts, it is clear there is a problem.

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