One of the peculiarities of Test cricket is that a match can go on for five days
and still end in a draw. No other modern team sport takes even half the time to
complete. Another curious characteristic of cricket is that the length of the
pitch is specified – 22 yards – but the size or shape of the ground is not. Most
other team sports, such as hockey and football lay down the dimensions of the
playing area: cricket does not. Grounds can be oval like the Adelaide Oval or
nearly circular, like Chepauk in Chennai.