Last week, I got some comment section flak for daring to suggest that the empty stands at Bangalore might reflect the fact that Indians don't give much of a shit about Test cricket these days. Now, here is Stephen Brinkley making much the same point -- only in a clearer, better researched, more sober manner -- for none less than the Wisden Cricketer.
The interesting thing is that no matter which opinion he considers, which avenue his mind wanders through, the future looks grim for Test cricket. There seems to be no silver lining, no guarded hope, no "and yet there's always the chance that..." In every direction you look, the prospects are dim.
(The only thing we might have left to hold on to is the fact that since cricket is so conservative and slow to evolve, the death of Tests will probably take decades, rather than just years.)