Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border.
Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border. JAGADEESH NV

Border backs shortened Test matches

ALLAN Border has agreed with the man who succeeded him as Australian captain, Mark Taylor, that Test matches may need to be reduced from five days to four.

Border has told SEN radio that the longest form of the game is clearly "under threat”.

"I think Mark Taylor might be hitting the nail on the head there with four-day games,” he said.

"It's a shame because of tradition, but sometimes you've got to go with the flow and what people want to see.”

But Border said he believed that for the concept to work, a greater amount of play would need to be packed into those four days to ensure a result.

"The time to get results is lessened, but you get more overs in the day to try and get those results,” he said.

While crowds attending Test matches in Australia remain relatively strong compared to the rest of the world, Big Bash League figures were far greater last summer.

"That revolution (Twenty20) has changed the game totally,” Border said.

"I think we do need to have a look at Test cricket. Maybe a Test championship, day-night cricket, four-day cricket - all these things are on the agenda.”