Root, Lyon, Philander - what the players think about four-day Test cricket

Root, Lyon, Philander - what the players think about four-day Test cricket

Root, Lyon, Philander - what the players think about four-day Test cricket

"At BBL games and worldwide cricket played in areas impacted by bushfires, a discussion and assessment about air quality will be added to the pre-match medical briefing hosted onsite 60 minutes prior to the scheduled match time".

But the fires do rage on, it is a time of great challenge for Australia.

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"Given the congested schedule, four-day Tests demand serious consideration in order for us to accommodate an increasingly packed calendar - ICC world events, bilateral arrangements, and domestic leagues", he told the Telegraph.

Australia host Afghanistan in a one-off Test next summer and there is a possibility that clash will be a four-day match.

Australia are set to play New Zealand in the third Test in Sydney.

"There's talk about smoke delaying this game but who cares, it doesn't mean anything compared with what people are going through".

However, play could also be stopped because of visibility concerns. Tom Latham is captain and Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and Trent Boult are also out.

The 2019-20 cricket season has already been affected by the bushfires, with a BBL game at Manuka Oval abandoned just four balls before becoming an official game, and a Shield game held at the SCG drawing criticism for continuing play in hazardous conditions.

New Zealand off-spinner Will Somerville, who has lived in Sydney for most of his life, said that any concern over smoke issues were inconsequential to those suffering from the fires.

McGrath, however, said he is completely against the idea of tinkering with the longer format. "I think most players around the world would be in agreeance with that". Speaking to the media, ahead of the Sydney Test between Australia and New Zealand, McGrath, a 124-Test veteran said: "I'm very much a traditionalist".

A spokesman for the England and Wales Cricket Board said four-day tests offer "a sustainable solution to the complex scheduling needs and player workloads", while Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said it was "something that we have got to seriously consider".

Australia named an unchanged team from the one that clinched the series 2-0 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last weekend. The extra day, like you say, it really does make [sure], majority of the time, 99% of the time, the best team's won the game.

Leading stars Paine, Nathan Lyon, Travis Head and Neil Wagner have spoken out strongly against the proposal, with former Test great Glenn McGrath also adding his weight to the throng of player opposition.

Stars from Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday intimated players were happy to just smile and suck it up - with perspective needed over who the real victims are.

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