Lamb calls for four-day Tests in England


Allan Lamb has called for the introduction of four-day Test matches in England to counter the problem of dwindling final-day crowds.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves and Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland have made no secret of their desire to see four-day Tests introduced, while Australia legends Mark Taylor and Shane Warne have also backed the proposal.

The idea of playing four-day Tests has been discussed by the International Cricket Council's cricket committee, but there was reisistance to such a change.

However, huge crowds flocked to the Adelaide Oval when Australia played the first day-night Test against New Zealand last month and Lamb has called for the revolution of the longest format of the game to continue.

Asked for his opinion on day-night Tests, he told Omnisport: "We sell out Test matches at Lord's, so I don't think it will happen at Lord's. But I think it's been brilliant, it proved it can work in Australia.

"It stays lighter a lot in England, so we could start Test matches at 10 in the morning and play through to 7pm in the summer and have four-day Tests.

"We have problems selling the final day, but if we had four-day Tests you don't have to worry about that and you make up the time by starting earlier and finishing later."