Test Cricket is perhaps the only major sport that has well planned meal breaks: one for lunch and another for tea. And for years, people have wondered why and what around them.
During the initial years, tea and snacks were brought out to the players on the field. But slowly, players started leaving the field for refreshments.
The tea break is one of the most revered traditions in Test Cricket, with some players even suggesting increasing the duration of the interval. Just like lunch break, tea break gives cricketers time to have some rest and replenish their bodies with nutrients. In terms of serving, a Tea break comprises of the usual tea and other beverages, but is called a ‘tea break’. For snacking, there are sandwiches or salads or anything of the cricketers’ choice .
But this is all technical stuff. Tea breaks in modern competitive game are also synonymous with making and changing game strategies. While most teams use the crucial 20 minutes to re-strategize their game plans, it often puts a break in the momentum for the batting side with many wickets falling immediately after tea-breaks.
At least now we know why there’s always so much clamouring to extend the duration of the tea-break. Well played, boys and girls!