Sydney - Pink-ball day-night Test matches,
which make their debut this week in Adelaide, should only be the beginning of a
cricket revolution, former Australian captain Mark Taylor said on Monday.
Taylor, a Cricket Australia board member,
is advocating the introduction of four-day, 100-over Test matches and a clearly
defined Test championship. He wants all Tests to begin on Thursdays, allowing
them to build to a Sunday evening climax.
"As someone said to me years ago, why
are we surprised when people go to one-day cricket and T20 cricket more than
they do a Test match, when we put all the one-dayers and T20s on in school
holidays and at night," he told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
"And we put Test matches on during the
week outside of school holidays."
Taylor said he had discussed his ideas at
an International Cricket Council level and they were now gathering some
momentum with different options being brought forward.
"You've got to look at the game as a
whole. Where is cricket going? The younger generation generally want more
instant gratification and I think over five days to keep them interested in the
game is not so easy," he said.
"People are more about who is the best
in the world at the moment. They like watching World Cup finals if you're
always working towards who is the best Test team in the world, that can only
help the game."
Taylor said a Test championship would
likely include a similar scoring system to football, where three points are
awarded for a victory and one given for a draw.
Australia face New Zealand in the
first-ever day-night Test in Adelaide from Friday and Cricket Australia has
reportedly already contacted the Pakistan Cricket Board about securing a
similar game in Australia for the next southern summer.