Cricket Australia chief backs four-day Tests

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Australia’s new cricket chief says he’s open to the concept of trialing four-day Take a look at matches to spice up waning reputation of the pink ball recreation.

The Worldwide Cricket Council permitted the experimental idea final yr in a bid to make sure the long run viability of Exams 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, successful 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 definitely one thing we must be open minded to down the monitor.”

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 typical length of a Take a look at match “is a shade over 4 days”.

“We all know there’s been timeless Exams through the years, we all know there have been even three-day Exams. So Take a look at cricket hasn’t been 5 days in length ceaselessly,” he mentioned.

“And I believe the idea of 4 days going ahead is one thing we must 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 drawback, though not notably within the UK, however give it a attempt to see the way it goes,” he mentioned earlier this yr.

“Folks mentioned day-night Exams could be ridiculous, that they might end in two days, however they’ve been an important spectacle and labored in the suitable components of the world.”

Australia have been on the forefront of taking part in Take a look at matches below lights, hailing them as an important success.

They hosted the primary ever, in opposition to New Zealand in 2015, and have gained all 4 they’ve performed.

 

 

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