How long are lunch and tea breaks: A normal day of Test cricket has a custom of witnessing two breaks namely lunch and tea.
A normal uninterrupted day of Test match cricket follows the norm of three sessions separated by two breaks in between. Because playing for seven hours on the trot can be exhausting, rules have rightly been made around players playing for two hours and then stopping for a break.
Named lunch break and tea break, these breaks vary from each other with respect to time but are taken after the players indulge in two hours of battling it out in the middle.
How long are lunch and tea breaks in Test cricket?
While a lunch break in Test cricket lasts for 40 minutes, a tea break lasts for only 20 minutes. Below is the time table of how a normal Test match day looks like considering if it begins at 09:00 AM (can vary from venue to venue).
Start time – 09:00 AM.
First session (Morning session) – 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
Lunch break – 11:00 AM to 11:40 AM.
Second session (Afternoon session) – 11:40 AM to 01: 40 PM.
Tea break – 01:40 PM – 02:00 PM.
Third session (Evening session) – 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM.
Extra time (mandatory if fielding team hasn’t completed 90 overs per day) – 04:30 PM – 05:00 PM.
It is worth mentioning that all these timings can be adjusted accordingly in times the match goes through a rain or any other kind of delay.
In some cases, players take an early lunch or tea break to make sure they don’t have to take a break after a few overs in the middle. This option is taken only on a day of an interruption to prevent further loss of time.
How long are lunch and tea breaks in a day/night Test?
The only change with respect to timings in a day/night Test match is that the tea break is taken before the dinner break. Because day/night Tests begin in the afternoon, players break for tea and dinner respectively.
Below is the time table of how a normal day/night Test match day looks like considering if it begins at 12:30 PM (can vary from venue to venue).
Start time – 01:30 PM.
First session (Afternoon session) – 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM.
Tea break – 03:30 PM to 03:50 PM.
Second session (Evening session) – 03:50 PM to 05: 50 PM.
Dinner break – 05:50 PM – 06:30 PM.
Third session (Night session) – 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM.
Extra time (mandatory if fielding team hasn’t completed 90 overs per day) – 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM.