It would make many cricketing matters infinitely simpler and clearer if SA’s professionals stopped trying so hard and caring so much about first-class cricket. If everyone could just agree that T20 cricket is the way forward and is the future, it would save a lot of time and money.

There is no shortage of excitement about the abbreviated game when its time comes in the season. All the players enjoy it (even those who aren’t naturally suited to it) and it is easily digested by spectators who are, mostly, entertained by many boundaries and a close finish without being required to invest a whole day of their lives in watching it...

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