PERTH: Australia´s new cricket chief says he’s open to the concept of trialling four-day Take a look at matches to spice up waning reputation of the crimson ball recreation.
The Worldwide Cricket Council authorized the experimental idea final yr in a bid to make sure the long run viability of Checks within the face of an explosion within the fast-paced Twenty20 format.
South Africa performed Zimbabwe within the inaugural four-day Take a look at final December in Port Elizabeth, profitable inside two. A minimal 98 overs needed to be bowled every day, versus the regulation 90 in a five-day recreation.
One other match is scheduled for July subsequent yr when England tackle Eire at Lords.
“There´s a bit to be mentioned for it,” Cricket Australia chief government Kevin Roberts instructed industrial sports activities radio station SEN late Saturday.
“It´s actually one thing we should be open minded to down the observe.”
Roberts assumed the reins at CA in October from James Sutherland, who stood down after 17 years within the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
He identified that the common period of a Take a look at match “is a shade over 4 days”.
“We all know there´s been timeless Checks over time, we all know there have been even three-day Checks. So Take a look at cricket hasn´t been 5 days in period perpetually,” he mentioned.
“And I feel the idea of 4 days going ahead is one thing we should be open to, with out leaping to conclusions.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has been a long-time advocate of trialling shorter matches to attempt to rejuvenate Take a look at cricket.
“Take a look at match cricket has been on the decline for a few years, that´s been a worldwide downside, though not significantly within the UK, however give it a attempt to see the way it goes,” he mentioned earlier this yr.
“Individuals mentioned day-night Checks can be ridiculous, that they’d end in two days, however they´ve been an amazing spectacle and labored in the proper components of the world.”
Australia have been on the forefront of enjoying Take a look at matches underneath lights, hailing them as an amazing success.
They hosted the primary ever, towards New Zealand in 2015, and have gained all 4 they’ve performed.