SYDNEY – Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon says he is totally against the idea of tinkering with the duration of five-day test matches and hopes the proposal to shorten the game's longest format is not even considered by administrators.
The International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body of the sport, is set to reflect on the idea of making test matches four-day affairs to free up a crammed international calendar and reduce player workload.
Australia have said they will seriously consider the concept, while England will back making it mandatory from 2023. The cash-rich Indian board (BCCI) are yet to declare their stance on the matter.
Lyon, the most successful Australian off-spinner with 380 wickets in the longest format, joined test captain Tim Paine and team mate Travis Head in criticising the idea.
“Ridiculous ... I'm not a fan of four-day test matches,” Lyon told The Unplayable Podcast ahead of Friday's third and final test against New Zealand in Sydney. “I believe you'll get so many more draws and day five is crucial.