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Giles wants five-days Tests to remain

9th January 2020, 09:41 by Nick Harris

England director of cricket Ashley Giles has added his voice to those backing five-day Test matches.

The ICC will meet this month to discuss the calendar for international cricket beyond 2023 and one of the things under proposal is reducing Test matches from five days to four.

While some have welcomed the idea, including the England and Wales Cricket Board, who said it "cautiously supported four day Tests", others have come out against the change, like India skipper Virat Kohli, and now Giles has added his backing for five days.

After England levelled their series in South Africa in the last session of the last day of the second Test, Giles said: "If we played four-day cricket, I fear we would miss out on a lot matches like Tuesday.

"I know a lot of Test matches now don't go to the fifth day - but you know it is precious to me, and I know it is to the players."

He is backed by players across the globe and certainly England Test captain Joe Root, who added: "What a great win that was. A great five days of cricket. You wouldn't see it if it was a four-day game, would you?

"It's a great advert for five-day Test matches."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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