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India holding back Test cricket: Waugh
India holding back Test cricket: Waugh

India holding back Test cricket: Waugh

India’s refusal to play a day-night Test in Adelaide is “selfish” and hinders efforts to reinvigorate Test cricket, Australia’s former Test batsman Mark Waugh said on Wednesday.

India have declined to play their maiden day-night Test against Australia, leaving the December 6-10 series-opener in Adelaide a day match, and remain the lone frontline team not to have featured in one. “It’s a little bit selfish from India’s point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket,” Waugh said on Australia’s Big Sports Breakfast radio show.

“Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be.”

India’s reluctance is attributed to their pink-ball inexperience but Waugh, who will step down from his role as national T20I selector in August, is baffled by their refusal given the depth in the Virat Kohli-led squad.

“Their team is pretty well suited to day-night cricket, they’ve got a string of fast bowlers, so they don’t just rely on the spinners, and their batsman are technically very good as well, so for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test,” Waugh explained.

India play three T20 internationals, four Tests and three ODIs in their tour of Australia from November to January.

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