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MCC back Test cricket to stay the same

14th January 2020, 12:25 by James Mason

The MCC have discussed the possibility of four-day Tests but believe keeping the traditional five-day format is best.

The future of Test cricket has been up for debate as the governing bodies look to increase the popularity of the longest format of the game, which has been going from March 1877.

The ICC were pushing for discussions to take place over the possibility of replacing the current five-day format in the World Test Championship from 2023 to four-day matches.

India captain Virat Kohli has been a staunch defender of keeping Tests as normal, saying "Four-day Tests? Look, I'm not a fan of [it]. I think the intent will not be right then because then you will speak of three-day Tests, where do you end?

"Then you speak of Test cricket disappearing. I don't endorse that at all. I don't think that's fair to the purest format of the game - how cricket started initially, and five-day Test matches was the highest of tests you can have at the international level.

"According to me, it shouldn't be altered."

The MCC Cricket committee and MCC World Cricket committee have discussed the issue and, although they can see some benefits that four-day Test cricket could bring, both committees believe Test cricket should continue to be played over five days.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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