Alan Border (extreme right) has called for a check on the problem of slow overrates
Allan Border (extreme right) has called for a check on the problem of slow over rates © Getty Images

Nov 11, 2014

Slow over rates in modern day test cricket come much to former Australia captain Allan Border’s chagrin, who believes the players must quicken up their pace on the field.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald Border said he cannot fathom why teams struggled to bowl their stipulated 90 over quota even with the extra half an hour at their disposal. He believes that unnecessarily long drinks breaks, the Decision Review System (DRS)  etc also contribute to the snail like pace of test cricket these days.

“The whole situation needs to be sped up to make sure that there’s no down time, Now, from one side of the fence watching the game, you just get those down periods. We need to keep the game moving. You must do a half-marathon most days, Border said With every break in play,  every appeal that gets referred, they run onto the ground. Everyone’s sitting around watching television to see what’s happened with the replay. The players should be ready to continue cricket straight away,” Border was quoted saying