Originally Posted by jherward
Hey guys I'm an Irish guy with a slight interest in cricket and having lived in Australia for a year just bumming around mostly I have a basic understanding of the game except for some of the more obscure rules.
One thing I've never understood however is in Test cricket when a captain decides to declare at a certain point and allow to other team to chase a total that he deems defendable.I just don't understand why he doesn't just keep batting until everyone is out thus making as high a score as possible for the opposition to chase.I'm sure there's a perfectly good reason for this but I can't figure it out and it popped up in my mind last night watching highlights of Aus v Pak when the commentators mentioned it.
It's usually to do with time remaining in a match, and conditions of the weather/ wicket.
e.g. Theres no point getting 500 runs clear if you will only have 50 overs to try and get them out. The wicket will also deteriorate making scoring harder and slower.
You also want to give them a target where the batting side think they could have a chance, so they play more aggressively, but also risk losing their wicket.
Hope that makes sense.