Nathan Lyon qualifies the concept of four-day trial as ridiculous, Justin Langer is also not interested in the change
SYDNEY: The ICC proposal to introduce a four-day trial has encountered strong opposition from the leading spinner in Australia Nathan Lyon , who described him as ridiculous while he was head coach Justin Langer Nor is he in favor of playing with the traditional format.
Lyon’s sharp statement comes a few days after Australia’s CEO Kevin Roberts said his board is interested in four-day tests and could play one against Afghanistan later this year.
I am totally against it and I hope that ICC is not even considering it, Lyon said in 'The Unplayable Podcast'.
If you watch all the great games in the world and some of the best test games in which I participated, they are reduced until the last day, he added.
Eager to provide a crowded calendar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) wants four-day tests since 2023 as part of the World Testing Championship.
Langer, during an interaction with journalists, said that while the option can be seen, from a personal point of view, he will not like the changes.
My preference, I'm a traditionalist and anyone who knows me, I don't like to change too much, so I probably prefer the five-day test games, Langer said in Sydney.
But again, as with wickets and schedules, if the four-day test matches are maintained Cricket test alive, then it is worth looking at. But I love five days just because I'm bored and I don't like to change much.
Lyon, meanwhile, gave an example of the India vs. Australia test match in Adelaide in 2014, which was won by the hosts in the last hour.
You look at (Australia) against India in Adelaide in 2014, which dropped to the last half hour on day five. Then you look at Cape Town in 2014 too, you see that test match where Ryan Harris played Morne Morkel has two overs left, so that dropped to the last 10 minutes on a five day.
I am not a fan of four-day test matches. I think you'll get many more draws and day five is crucial, he said.
The four-day tests consist of four days of more than 98 (instead of five days of more than 90) and 38 of the 43 test results in Australia in the last 10 years have been completed within 392 envelopes of A four day trial.
Lyon also talked about the weather as a factor.
It's a challenge, Lyon said in the five-day tests. You challenge yourself in different ways, physically and mentally.
It is not just a walk in the park. Five-day trial matches are hard work, especially if the conditions are not in your favor. He wants to challenge himself. I am against the four-day trial matches.
Test pattern Tim Paine and vice-captain Travis head It also supports five-day tests.