So far, 2 four-day Tests have been held between South Africa-Zimbabwe and England-Ireland.
12 countries have played at least one Test; England played the most 1019 matches and India played 540 matches.
10 teams took 1 thousand or more wickets in Tests, England took the highest number of 15570 wickets
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said- We will take a decision after seeing the proposal
Dainik BhaskarDec 31, 2019, 09:56 AM IST Sports Desk. To make Test cricket exciting, the ICC is now considering a 5-day Test match instead of 5. According to the information, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is going to discuss this matter with other board officials next year. The biggest reason behind this is that in the last two years, 60% of the test results came in four or less days. There were 87 Tests between 2018 and 2019. 52 matches ended in four or fewer days. This can be implemented from the Test Championship from 2023. But all countries are less likely to agree. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that it is too early to say anything on this. We will take a decision only after seeing the proposal.
In every country, due to the T20 league, there is talk of cuts in the Test day. Looking at the calendar of 2015 to 2023, if there were four days of tests instead of five, 335 days would have been saved, which is very important. This would also increase the number of test series. The four-day test will also significantly increase the revenue of boards and broadcasters of various countries. Recently, a 4-match series between India and Australia was played in 20 days. Had the Test been four days, then five matches would have taken place.
Every day the game will be increased by half an hour, only 58 overs game will be less than the four-day Test is scheduled to be held between Thursday and Sunday. Fans will be able to see a large number of matches in the weekend. Major tournaments of many other sports besides golf take place on this day. According to the rule, 98 overs will be played every day instead of 90. Every day there will be six and a half hours of play instead of six. That is, the 58-day game will be less than the four-day Test and the entire day will be left.
Flood lights will be made necessary in every ground, so that the game schedule will be changed by increasing the play by half an hour every day. In such a situation, the match will run till late evening. In such a situation, it may be mandatory for the ICC match to be flooded. So that the remaining overs can be thrown in the light. Presently, the consent of both the teams is required to play in a red light from a test ball.
The longest Test lasted 12 days. The longest match in Test history was played in 1939 between South Africa and England in Durban. At that time, the matches went on till the result came. The Test, which began on 3 March, ran until 14 March. Had two days rest. One day's game could not be held due to rain. South Africa scored 530 in the first innings and 481 in the second innings. England had scored 316 runs in the first innings. In the second innings, the team scored 654 runs for 5 wickets. The match was not extended for another day as the England team could not catch the boat to return to the country.
In favor of Australia 4 days, starting next year Cricket Australia (CA) CEO Kevin Robertson said, "We have to think seriously about the four-day test. We have to look at the record of test matches in the last five to 10 years. He said, 'We have to consider this, which is necessary for the future. We will take a decision in 12 to 18 months and it will be included in the calendar of 2023 to 2031. We are talking with the ICC members. It is challenging, but we are committed to do it. In 2020, Australia will play a 4-day Test against Afghanistan at home. Tony Irish, Head of International Players' Federation FICA, said, "The four-day Test has two counts. This will reduce pressure from the calendar and schedule. But the time remaining will be included in the new tournament. In such a situation, the new calendar should be simple.
In 2017, 48 per cent of the matches ended in 4 days. Speaking of 2017, 22 of the 46 matches ended in four or fewer days. That is 48 percent. 56 per cent of the tests ended in 4 days in 2018 and 64 per cent in 2019. Because of this, there is talk of reducing the days of Test matches. The Indian team has played 8 Tests at home since 2018. Only one of these tests lasted till the 5th day. The other 7 Tests ended in four or fewer days. D. 11 of the 12 matches in Africa ended in four days. 6 out of 7 in Sri Lanka, 7 out of 9 Tests in the Windies were completed in 4 days.
Between 1980-99, only 28% of the matches lasted for 4 days. Speaking of 613 Tests played between 1980 and 1999, only 169 matches ended in four or fewer days. That means only 28%. At the same time, if you look at the figures between 2000 and 2019, 392 matches out of 897 matches ended in four or fewer days. 44 percent. Since the start of T20 since 2005, the strike rate of batsmen has increased. Because of this fast runs were scored but wickets also fell. The average strike rate of the team was 42 between 1980–99. That means 42 runs were to be scored from 100 balls. The strike rate increased to 51 between 2000–19.
The ICC has made several changes in the past to promote the day-to-day test that started in 2015. The Day-Night Test debuted in 2015. The day-night test is played with a pink ball. Team India played the first day-night Test against Bangladesh in November this year. Australia has played the most 7 Tests and has won all. 10 teams have played day-night Tests so far. 7 have won. The Windies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have not won a single match. The test jersey has also been changed. The name is now written on the jersey.