Yep, it was a shocking incident but it’s been nearly 40 years- time to let the Avon River flow under the bridges of Christchurch I think.
I will agree that Australians are one of the worst offenders in slowing the game down, though.
At least the torpor hasn’t infected women’s cricket and Sheffield Shield cricket yet; it’s refreshing to see players in these leagues get on with the game.
Jim Maxwell, on the latest "Stumped’ podcast, is pretty ambivalent and even dismissive of the slow over rate problem in test cricket (the context being Jason Holder’s suspension). He claims that most spectators couldn’t care less about how many overs are bowled during a day’s play (and probably don’t know how many in fact have been bowled). While I take his point, it’s surely a better spectacle if the narrative of the day’s cricket isn’t constantly interrupted by unnecessary stoppages.