Ex-Aus­tralia skip­per Taylor bats for four-day Tests

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For­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain Mark Taylor has pitched in to the de­bate on how to re­vive spec­ta­tor in­ter­est in test cricket, call­ing for the game’s long­est for­mat to be short­ened by a day to en­cour­age more at­tack­ing in­tent. Test matches have wit­nessed a steady de­cline in at­ten­dances in re­cent years, throw­ing the door open to a num­ber of novel means to en­gage fans, in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of day-night tests.

Taylor said mak­ing tests four-day af­fairs in­stead of five would help them be­come more viewer friendly and en­vis­aged a sce­nario where matches could be­gin to­day and end on Sun­day — in a man­ner sim­i­lar to golf tour­na­ments. “It’ll only add to the ap­peal of the game, make it a bit shorter and a bit faster,” the for­mer open­ing bats­man told Mel­bourne’s Sports En­ter­tain­ment Net­work (SEN) ra­dio sta­tion. “That’s what peo­ple of this gen­er­a­tion want to see.” “You’ve got one less day to win, lose or draw a game, so it does force cap­tains and play­ers to be a lit­tle bit more ag­gres­sive in their think­ing.” With test matches com­ing in for stiff com­pe­ti­tion from the game’s newer, shorter for­mats, such as Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als and leagues, Taylor added that hold­ing day-night tests was not the only op­tion on the ta­ble. “The num­bers around the world are dy­ing in some coun­tries,” the Cricket Aus­tralia board mem­ber said. “That’s why I think we have got to have the stuff like the day-night test matches and... start think­ing se­ri­ously about hav­ing four­day games of test cricket.” — Reuters

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