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England ready to support scrapping five-day Tests

Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts suggested last week that four-day Tests were an innovation worth considering, adding that "perhaps it is more likely than not in the mid-term future".

The pace of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson combined with the guile of off spinner Nathan Lyon has proved irresistible in four home tests against Pakistan and New Zealand this year.

Stars from Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday intimated players were happy to just smile and suck it up - with perspective needed over who the real victims are.

"Most importantly, that we preserve the worldwide game so that the best players were playing at all times".

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Tony Irish, the chief executive of the worldwide players' union who will start a similar role in charge of England's Professional Cricketers' Association next week, expressed fears that the change could add to players' workload by increasing the daily over-rate as well as leading to more short-form fixtures.

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While four-day Tests allow a golf-like Thursday-to-Sunday scheduling, they require a minimum of 98 overs a day to be played, a challenge, considering five-day matches already often fall short of their daily quota of 90 overs. Then you look at Cape Town in 2014 as well, that Test match where Ryan Harris bowled Morne Morkel with two overs to go; that's gone down to the last 10 minutes on a day five.

'If I was thinking of how to preserve it, I would play less to make it more important by its rarity value - and wonder if more matches might last five days if we didn't play quite so much. You need more time for the pitch to deteriorate and bring spinners in more on day five as well.

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"He's going through a bit of a tough time, he told me his son-in-law's house almost got burned down the last couple of days", Langer said. "Yes, the discussion should be had about four day Test cricket, but it needs to be in the context of the overall schedule".

Asked his opinion on four-day test cricket, Lyon said: "Ridiculous". One, there's the weather element. The latest proposal that has drawn the ire of the purists and Test cricket lovers, is ICC's decision to consider the viability of playing four-day Tests from the second cycle of the Test championship which commences from 2023.

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"I think even with someone like James Pattinson can really lengthen our batting anyway". Day five, a five-day Test match, they are hard work, especially if the conditions aren't in your favour.

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Australian paceman Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from global cricket after a career spanning 11 years.

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