Waugh de­cries In­dia’s ‘self­ish’ day-night Test match re­fusal

Times of Oman - - SPORTS -

SYD­NEY: In­dia’s re­fusal to play a day-night test in Ade­laide is “self­ish” and hin­ders ef­forts to rein­vig­o­rate test cricket, Australia’s for­mer test bats­man Mark Waugh said on Wed­nes­day.

In­dia have de­clined to play their maiden day-night test against Australia, leav­ing the De­cem­ber 6-10 se­ries-opener in Ade­laide a day match, and re­main the lone front­line team not to have fea­tured in one.

Pink-ball in­ex­pe­ri­ence

“It’s a lit­tle bit self­ish from In­dia’s point of view be­cause we need to re­vi­talise Test cricket,” Waugh said on Australia’s Big Sports Break­fast ra­dio show.

“Day-night test cricket in some coun­tries is go­ing to be one of those in­gre­di­ents that could trans­form test cricket back to where it should be.” In­dia’s re­luc­tance is at­trib­uted to their pink-ball in­ex­pe­ri­ence but Waugh, who will step down from his role as national twenty20 se­lec­tor in Au­gust, is baf­fled by their re­fusal given the depth in the Vi­rat Kohli-led squad.

“Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they’ve got a string of fast bowlers, so they don’t just rely on the spin­ners, and their bats­man are tech­ni­cally very good as well,” Waugh ex­plained.

“So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test.”

In­dia play three twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als, four tests and three one­day in­ter­na­tion­als in their tour of Australia from Novem­ber to Jan­u­ary.

Mark Waugh

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