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ECB: “We believe it could provide a sustainable solution to the complex planning needs and workloads of players we face as a global sport.”

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South Africa won the first test against England in four days

The Cricket Board (ECB) of England and Wales supports plans for four-day test competitions to reduce the workload for players.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will review the test calendar after 2023 in January when the idea of ​​reducing matches from five days to four is likely to be discussed.

“We are clear proponents of the four-day test concept, but be careful because we understand that it is an emotional topic for players, fans, and others who are concerned about the challenge of Test Cricket’s heritage,” the ECB said in a statement.

5:50 Former assistant coach Paul Farbrace and bat coach Mark Ramprakash play the role of selector and debate about the XI of England for Cape Town.

Former assistant coach Paul Farbrace and batting coach Mark Ramprakash play the role of selector and debate about the XI of England for Cape Town.

“We believe it could provide a sustainable solution to the complex planning needs and workload of players we face as a global sport.

“One of our top priorities is to support a healthy future for Test cricket while we continue to build accessible ways for new fans to enjoy our sport.

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“We strongly support a thorough and well-considered consultation where all opinions are examined.”

Five-day tests have been conducted since 1979 and some of the most exciting finishes of the format – including the Oval draw that sealed the 2005 historic Ashes victory in England – were played on the final day.

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However, the ICC allows certain tests to be played for four days since 2017.

These competitions fall outside the World Test Championship, such as England’s historic encounter with Ireland at Lord’s in July.

Last week CEO Rober Roberts from Cricket Australia said that mandatory four-day tests “are something we should take seriously into account”.

5:16 Highs from day four of the first test between South Africa and England, while the hosts achieved a 107 point win.

Highlights from day four of the first test between South Africa and England, while the hosts achieved a 107 point win.

Four-day test matches are likely to follow the playing conditions used for the handful of recent four-day tests, with 98 overs scheduled to be played every day instead of 90.

Any changes must be approved by the ICC cricket committee in 2020.

These should then be approved by the President’s Governing Board, which is made up of representatives of the Member States.

Shortening the test series in the cricket calendar is seen as a possible way to reduce the pressure on players and the international schedule.