The MCC has said Test matches should continue to be played over five days and not be shortened.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently suggested that Tests be played over four days, starting with the World Test Championship in 2023.

However, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) – the sport’s lawmakers – announced on Tuesday that they believe the duration of a Test match should remain five days.

In a statement, the MCC said: “MCC has noted the recent discussion regarding the future of Test cricket and the ICC’s desire to debate the introduction of four-day Test cricket to replace the current five-day format in the World Test Championships from 2023.

Ben Stokes believes the duration of Tests should stay at five days Ben Stokes believes the duration of Tests should stay at five days Ben Stokes believes the duration of Tests should stay at five days

“The MCC Cricket committee and MCC World Cricket committee have recently discussed the issue and although they can see some benefits that four-day Test cricket could bring, both committees believe that Test cricket should continue to be played over five days.”