Glenn McGrath beats for five-day 'traditional' tests
SYDNEY Australia great Glenn McGrath on Thursday he supported the tradition of Five-day tests As recent discussions about four-day games have become a topic of conversation in the world of cricket.
The debate around four days. Cricket test has turned back on after it was stressed that the International Cricket The Council's cricket committee (ICC) is likely to consider the four-day test matches as part of the World Testing Championship since 2023.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Sydney Test between Australia and New Zealand, McGrath, who featured in 124 Tests for his nation, said: I'm very much a traditionalist. I like the game the way it is.
"To me, five days is very special and I'd hate to see it get any shorter. The introduction of pink Tests, day-night Tests is a great way to continue keeping our game fresh and moving forward. In respects to changing how many days its played, I'm actually against it. I like the way it is," he added.
Earlier on Wednesday, star Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon had also put his weight behind Five-day tests and said: "You look at all the big games around the world and some of the best Test matches I've been part of, they go down to the last day."
Lyon also said that scrapping Five-day tests would be a "ridiculous" idea.
You look at (Australia) against India at Adelaide in 2014, that went down to the last half-an-hour on day five. Then you look at Cape Town in 2014 as well, you look at that Test match where Ryan Harris bowled Morne Morkel with two overs to go, so that's gone down to the last 10 minutes on day five. I'm not a fan of four-day Test matches, Lyon was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.