NZ Players' Association boss sceptical over four-day Test shift

Saturday, 04 Jan, 2020

White told Radio Sport on Thursday a lot of discussion and planning will go into the FTP over the next six months, for when it expires after the next men's Cricket World Cup in India in March 2023. "I said at the start of the summer, he's nearly our most important player, because he's a very good leader, his captaincy is excellent, he's the best wicket-keeper in the world, he's as fit as anyone in the group".

"I'm totally against it [four-day Tests] and I really hope ICC aren't even considering it". England batsman Jos Buttler, however, feels cricket must be open to change and four-day Tests must be looked at as it could be a way to keep the longer format alive.

'If I was thinking of how to preserve it, I would play less to make it more important by its rarity value - and wonder if more matches might last five days if we didn't play quite so much. The situation could worsen this weekend, when smoke could affect the second day of the test. I believe you'll get so many more draws and day five is crucial.

Tests have been played over three, four, five and six days, and there have also been "timeless" games, since the first contest between England and Australia in 1877, but all Tests were five days from 1979 to 2017, when the ICC first sanctioned four-day games.

The pace of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson combined with the guile of off spinner Nathan Lyon has proved irresistible in four home tests against Pakistan and New Zealand this year.

"It's a challenge You're challenging yourself in different ways - physically and mentally". But at the same time Australians will be gathered whether it's at the SCG or around television sets all around the country and they'll be inspired by the great feats of our cricketers from both sides of the Tasman and I think they'll be encouraged by the spirit shown by Australians and the way that people have gone about remembering the bad things that other Australians are dealing with at the moment.

"Our doc I think is having a pretty big say in reading the levels of air quality and stuff like that so I think it's all set, we know the number". Just to wear baggy green (cap), walk out with it, represent Australia.

Wagner said he was a "big advocate" for five-day tests, especially as insurance for weather intervention.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis, whose side hosted Zimbabwe in a four-day Test in 2017, has previously advocated for Tests to remain five days.

The right-hander also topped the world's run-scoring lists for 2019, with his run-out for 19 in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand his first score below 50 this summer.