Klusener not sure on the future of four-day Tests

The lone Test, under lights, will be played between South Africa and Zimbabwe at St. Georges Park in Port Elizabeth on the Boxing Day.

Klusener is elated that the International Cricket Council (ICC) chose Zimbabwe as one of the teams for the trial Test, as it will be a good platform for the minnows.   -  K.V. SRINIVASAN

 

Though South Africa and Zimbabwe are set to create history by introducing the new concept of a four-day Test match on the Boxing Day this year, Lance Klusener — the former Proteas all-rounder and the current batting coach of Zimbabwe — doesn’t approve of the new format. He prefers the traditional five-day game.

According to reports, Klusener called the format interesting but he said he wasn’t sure how it would help smaller teams against big oppositions.

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But he is elated that the International Cricket Council (ICC) chose Zimbabwe as one of the teams for the trial Test, as it will be a good platform for the minnows.

“It might be a good start. For us, we are delighted that we get to test ourselves against the (Kagiso) Rabadas of the world. If you ask me if I am a fan of four-day cricket, I would say probably not. But if it gives us the opportunity to play against the bigger nations in world cricket more regularly, then that’s great,” he told Sport24.

The ICC approved the abridged version of Test cricket on a trial basis recently at a board meeting in Auckland. But the BCCI has stayed out of it.

The lone Test, under lights, will be played at St. Georges Park in Port Elizabeth.