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Test cricket is regarded by purists as the most demanding version of the sport. Test matches are played over 5 days by the national teams of the top cricket playing nations and are structured to allow both teams to bat and bowl twice during the game.
For many years test cricket was the only version of the sport played at international level. However, the creation of one day cricket in the 1950s initially cast a shadow over the traditional form of the game, and attendances slowly dwindled.
In recent years, however, test cricket has experienced a resurgence as new fans have been brought to the game by shorter versions of the game. Test series between top cricketing nations are regarded as major sporting highlights, and attendances are increasing steadily as new fans take to this elegant, but grueling form of cricket.
Test Cricket Betting
Major test cricket encounters are greeted with enthusiasm by online sportsbooks, who offer a wide variety of betting options on big games. Punters can also benefit from free bets and betting specials during major cricket series such as the Ashes.
International Test Cricket
While several test series are played between test playing nations every year, a small selection of confrontations are of special importance:
ICC Test Cricket Member Nations
International test cricket is contested only between the 10 countries designated as official test-playing nations by the International Cricket Council. In recent years two new admissions have been made to this elite group, with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe earning test status. These countries are: