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Day/night Tests should be stand-alone form of the game, Buchanan

Former Australian coach John Buchanan says day/night Test cricket should be treated as the fourth stand-alone form of the game, alongside daytime Tests, One Day matches and T20s.

His suggestion comes off the back of the Board for Control of Cricket in India refusing to play a day-night Test in Australia this summer.

“I’d like to see it recognised as a different form. So there’s a pink ball set of averages, and there’s a red ball set of averages,” Mr Buchanan told Macquarie Sports Radio’s Cam Reddin.

Changing conditions and different tactics employed depending on the time of day has given rise to calls that day/night Tests are different enough from day Tests that they should be considered different forms of the game.

With the details of next year’s World Test Championship still being ironed out, Buchanan said the ICC must choose between all-day or all-day/night Tests.

According to Buchanan, holding a “mixture” of both forms would tire players out, and in some cases may not even be possible, given that lack of facilities or inappropriate environments could make playing Test cricket at night difficult in some parts of the world.

Click below to hear the full interview.

Cam Reddin