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Test great Glenn McGrath said pink ball Test cricket was a positive advancement but admits he'd be mortified if match lengths were cut from five to four.

Australia's one-off Test against Afghanistan next summer may well be a four-day Test, with the ICC having previously approved trials of the concept.

White told Radio Sport on Thursday a lot of discussion and planning will go into the FTP over the next six months, for when it expires after the next men's Cricket World Cup in India in March 2023.

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.

"People like Marnus, you see someone with incredible work ethic, incredible hunger to get better, very coachable and incredible energy".

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

Swepson may have to wait until June to make his debut, when Australia visit Bangladesh for a two-Test series, with the absence of a fast-bowling allrounder also hurting his selection case in Sydney.

"If we're going to have any change at all, it's to have a streamlined, coherent schedule for all nations, so that we have an equal balance between Test cricket and short form cricket, and also the T20 leagues. When we go out to play tomorrow, not just the Australian team, but New Zealand as well, we never forget how privileged we are to live where we do and to do what we do", he wrote on a social networking site. "They're the reason we have the game so we have to consult with them".

Before the match began, a minute of applause was scheduled to be held to thank the thousands of emergency personnel, many of them volunteers, who are fighting the fires.

"But I think the big marquee Test series, the Test championship stuff has to stay five days". Lyon had said, "You look at all the big games around the world and some of the best Test matches I've been part of, they go down to the last day".

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The Black Caps have already lost pacemen Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson to injury on this tour and they can ill-afford any weakening of their batting in the face of Australia's fearsome bowling attack.

New Zealand paceman Neil Wagner also recently made it clear he was a four-day sceptic. I'm sure that pitch would've been fit for a three-day game.

Said Lyon: "I'm not a fan of four-day test matches. But I love five days only because I'm boring and don't like to change much". One, there's the weather element.

Taylor explained his position on four-day Tests in detail in The Sydney Morning Herald previous year, saying they should feature minimum 100-over days; meaning a reduction from the theoretical 450 overs in a five-day Test.

"I'm totally against it [four-day Tests] and I really hope ICC aren't even considering it". With Test matches being reduced to four days, cricketers can get themselves a little more rest time, reducing the toll the drill of a Test match takes on the body.

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"I'm a firm believer in five-day tests". "I said at the start of the summer, he's nearly our most important player, because he's a very good leader, his captaincy is excellent, he's the best wicket-keeper in the world, he's as fit as anyone in the group".