The ECB is interested in four-day tests but does Sportsmail cricket experts do? (Part 2)


Across the world, crowds and watch figures are falling and standards are not high, possibly due to the influence of one-day polishing and the techniques created.

The longer formats seem to have impressed the way players play the game. That’s reducing the game to four days, so I won’t be bothered if we turn it into a four-day game.

I will always change the changes designed to make the cricket game better and if more days are used to improve the players who prepare for the match then I will do it all. Now you see a lot of tours that England seem to take part in Test matches, and that lasts for my time.

It may have won, but I would like to have more time to participate in the series of matches four and five matches, so that players have trained properly and ready for the best performance when the games started.


I can see the arguments for the four day test. There aren’t many games until Thursday, costly for the stage, and some teams will play more actively – so we still get our fair share of horror movies on the last day.

Cricket has always grown and survived. I just don’t believe the plan will work. All spoke very clearly about 98 people in a day, but England and South Africa barely managed 80 on the Boxing Day exam and that was another half hour.

Unless the authorities are serious about punishing prices too slowly, 98 is a heavenly pie. Then there is the fact that the weaker teams will be able to set them a draw crickets five days so you have nowhere to hide. And that before we get to the weather. It takes half a day to rain, as you often do in England, and the draw became even more capable.

But my main objection is that the driving force behind this idea seems to be commercial. Entrepreneurs have caused enough damage to crickets over the years without undermining the form of the game that players still consider to be top notch.