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Test cricket should stay the same - Kohli

4th January 2020, 17:27 by James Mason

India captain Virat Kohli says Test cricket "shouldn't be altered" amid plans to reduce the format from five to four days.

With audiences in Test cricket reducing over the past few years, there have been calls for the longest format to be reduced to four days instead of five in order to boost attendances.

However, the proposed tweaks have not gone down well with India skipper Kohli, who currently leads the ICC Test batting rankings and is regarded as one of the best ever with willow in hand.

Shorter matches could become a mandatory part of the World Test Championship from 2023 but the 31-year-old believes it will have a negative impact on the sport.

"Four-day Tests? Look, I'm not a fan of [it]," he said on the eve of the T20I series opener between India and Sri Lanka in Guwahati. "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."

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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