Traditionalist McGrath not in favour of four-day Tests

Travis Head bats during the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand

Travis Head bats during the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand

"But I think the playing group as a whole would need to see a lot of research-based evidence that it was the right thing for the game, from a playing perspective, commercially, and also from a scheduling point of view".

"There wasn't too much in that".

"I just saw this picture and I'm still in shock".

So it's going to be a great Test, but the real test Australia is facing right now is out there on the fire front, and as those courageous Australians go about what they do on that fire front and around the country.

"If four-day Test matches keep Test cricket alive and well, then it's worth looking at, but I love five days". "It's just about putting a smile on Aussie's faces". Tragic news on #bushfiresAustralia 480 million animals have been lost.

Against the backdrop of this raging crisis, Australia is set to host New Zealand in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) starting Friday.

"There's a lot more people being worse affected than us".

The debate around four-day Test cricket has reignited after it came to the fore that the International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket committee is likely to consider four-day Test matches as being part of the World Test Championship from 2023.

"In our game it's an important game of cricket", Australia coach Justin Langer said.

With the ICC reportedly considering reducing traditional Test matches from five to four days, citing player workload, nations such as Australia and England have thrown their support behind the idea. We'll get on and do it as well as we can. "Our hearts go out".

"We are so privileged, we are so privileged with what we do".

"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. I believe you'll get so many more draws and day five is crucial (to ensuring results); and obviously the weather element, if there's any [wet] weather around.

"At BBL games and global 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".

New Zealand: Tom Latham (captain), Tom Blundell, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Glenn Phillips, B.J. Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Will Somerville, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner.

"It's bloody disgusting, shocking, and it's been going on for so long", former NSW spinner Somerville said. I haven't had that many opportunities given how our other batters have been playing.

There's talk about smoke delaying this game but who cares?

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