A traditional international cricket Test match takes up to five days to complete. Even then, a result is not assured.
Now with shorter - and more financially lucrative - forms of the game gaining popularity, the global importance of Test matches are being called into question.
In the middle of an Ashes summer, sports editor David Bond looks at the long-term future of the long-form game.
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