McGrath bats for ‘traditional’ 5-day Tests

McGrath bats for ‘traditional’ 5-day Tests

Australia haven't won every Test of a home summer since demoralising England in the 2013-14 Ashes. "But again, like with wickets and like with schedules, if four-day Test matches keep Test cricket alive, then it worth looking at". "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".

According to a report in ESPN Cricinfo, the ICC is considering to reduce the traditional format to four days in a bid to cut down on the playing days in the wake of the proliferation of T20 Leagues and the cost of staging a Test series.

"Ridiculous", Lyon told the Unplayable Podcast.

The 49-year-old McGrath has echoed Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon's views.

The debate around four-day Test cricket has reignited after it came to the fore that the International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket committee is likely to consider four-day Test matches as being part of the World Test Championship from 2023. I believe you'll get so many more draws. I'm sure that pitch would've been fit for a three-day game.

"I think even with someone like James Pattinson can really lengthen our batting anyway". They were bowled out for 85 by Ireland at Lord's, and 67 against Australia at Headingley until Ben Stokes's remarkable innings.

"It's a challenge You're challenging yourself in different ways - physically and mentally". "It's not just a walk in the park".

Wagner said he was a "big advocate" for five-day tests, especially as insurance for weather intervention. I think there is some merit on it being in the odd Test like we did with England and Ireland.

When Justin Langer inherited an embarrassed and fallen Australian cricket team, his first task was turning around the perception of the side.

The New Zealand Herald reported that he missed training Wednesday with flu-like symptoms, with batsman Henry Nicholls suffering similar problems. Langer said while he was not close-minded about four-day matches, he was a Test traditionalist. "To me, five days are very special and I'd hate to see it get any shorter".

Pink ball cricket has proven a hit.

"We've got some guys in and around our squad that provide quite a bit of flexibility", he said. I haven't had that many opportunities given how our other batters have been playing. "I hope it stays that way".

Australian paceman Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from global cricket after a career spanning 11 years.

Taylor advocated measures to speed-up play, specifically over rates, drinks/equipment breaks and DRS hold-ups, and pointed out the quicker scoring in modern Tests.

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