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Mark Waugh criticises India’s ‘egocentric’ day-night test refusal

(Reuters) – 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 mentioned on Wednesday.

File photograph: Australian cricketer Mark Waugh addresses the viewers on the launch of
his autobiography in Sydney, August 1, 2002. REUTERS/Mark Baker/Files

India have declined to play their maiden day-night test towards Australia, leaving the Dec. 6-10 series-opener in Adelaide a day match, and stay the lone frontline crew to not have featured in a single.

“It’s a little bit selfish from India’s point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket,” Waugh mentioned on Australia’s Big Sports Breakfast radio present.

“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 however Waugh, who will step down from his position as nationwide twenty20 selector in August, is baffled by their refusal given the depth within 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,” Waugh defined.

“So for the greater good of the game, I would have loved to have seen that as a day-night Test.”

India play three twenty20 internationals, 4 checks and three one-day internationals of their tour of Australia from November to January.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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