With a few recent test matches finishing in 3 or 4 days, there has been talk in some quarters about reducing test matches to 4 days. We’d like to give a resounding no thanks sent back to any such ideas.
A few quick results is not sufficiently good reason to start cutting more time from test cricket. What would 4 day tests really mean? Slow over rates or bad light already restrict the realistic number of overs that can be bowled in a day, so fitting more overs in just isn’t realistic. So what it would really mean is cutting 20% off every test match. We already have 50-over cricket. And 40-over cricket. And 20-over cricket. We don’t need even more “shortened” cricket. Test matches, at 5 days, are well balanced, with a good proportion being played for all 5 days.
So, let’s stick to 5 day test matches and not encourage any more T20-isation of real cricket.
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