Cricket's lawmakers MCC firmly against four-day Test matches

The MCC is the world's most active cricket club and is based at Lord's which it owns

The MCC is the world's most active cricket club and is based at Lord's which it owns

Meanwhile, Marylebone Cricket Club, MCC, the rule-makers of the game have also released their statement regarding the four-day Test matches.

They recognised there were some benefits to four-day Test matches, which are already permitted in certain instances, but believe five should remain the standard.

The issue will be debated at the ICC's committee meeting in Dubai in March.

Ishant Sharma with Virat Kohli (Credits: BCCI)MCC opposes four-day Test matches.

High-profile Australian players Tim Paine, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon have been among the vocal critics, with the latter labelling the idea "ridiculous".

'The MCC Cricket committee and MCC World Cricket committee recently discussed the issue and although they can see some benefits four-day Test cricket could bring, both believe Test cricket should continue to be played over five days'.

Federation of International Cricketers' Associations government president Tony Irish the other day exhausted there clearly was "currently plenty of bad belief" in regards to the four-day proposition. In the trials - which have only been played in matches involving minnow - days have been expanded to 98 overs per day.

Captains Joe Root and Faf du Plessis as well as star all-rounder Ben Stokes supported the five-day test after England and South Africa had an exciting end to the recent test in Cape Town.

A third could also be played next summer when Australia host Afghanistan. The committee can recommend four-day Tests become mandatory from 2023 but it would still need to be voted through by the executive committee and the board.

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