‘It need to be handy sell or we shouldn’t do it’: Former England captain on four-day Tests

‘It need to be handy sell or we shouldn’t do it’: Former England captain on four-day Tests

The current proposition via International Cricket Council (ICC) to reduce Test match into a four-day affairs from 2023 cycle has met with lukewarm response from former and current cricketers.

The cricketing board is set to meet at the end of March to discuss the proposition, in which Anil Kumble-led panel will supply its recommendation to ICC’s govt committee. Former England captain Andrew Strauss, who is a member of ICC’s committee, spoke to The Guardian, and published that there is no longer too tons support, at the moment, to the idea.

“If you requested how many people desire to limit Test matches down from 5 days to four, the answer is possibly not that many,” he was quoted as announcing through The Guardian. “My gut feeling is that we  be looking at the entire picture, how Test cricket can be searching as wholesome as possible in future, then work returned from that.”


Strauss further went on to say that the board will additionally look at the economic factors of Test cricket, and will propose strategies to enhance Test cricket’s reputation throughout the world. “We shouldn’t anticipate Test cricket is healthful simply due to the fact it is popular in England. In loads of components of the world boards are struggling financially and Test cricket is now not paying the bills. So we have to seem to be at methods to enhance the product for all. That’s the spectacle, the cricket itself, the costs, the schedules, the pitches, the balls, the experience. We need a World Test Championship that is meaningful and compelling. The length of the game is solely one section of that bigger discussion,” he said.


Strauss in addition introduced that the change will not be made just for the sake of it. “This isn’t something that is being proposed with an agenda in the back of it. No one desires to trade for the sake of it. It ought to be an effortless sell or we shouldn’t be doing it,” he said.


Strauss’ remarks came simply a few days after England’s second Test against South Africa in Cape Town went right down to the wire. Chasing 438, the Proteas defended nicely on the fifth and closing day, and took the fit to closing 50 balls. But in the end, it was once now not adequate from South Africa to shop the match, and England picked up their first Test win in Cape Town in sixty three years.