South Africa's success in the longest format and evenly fought contests against top teams has made CSA think of having longer Test series © Getty Images
South Africa’s success in the longest format and evenly fought contests against top teams has made CSA think of having longer Test series © Getty Images

 

Mar 12, 2014

 

After an evenly fought Test series between South Africa and Australia, Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat is pitching for the Proteas playing longer Test series against formidable opponents like England, Australia. Lorgat’s statements come after talks with Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Wally Edwards that the next South Africa-Australia Test series could feature four matches. Talks are also on whether the series between the two teams can be renamed as Kallis-Ponting Trophy.

 

“You’ve got to recognise the quality of the cricket, I think [in the recent series won 2-1 by the Baggy Greens in SA]. It’s not a bad stepping stone to have recognised quality by (adding) another Test or two. That principle might come out.”

 

“We initiated it [the discussions]… Wally was very excited when we chatted at Newlands a few days ago. There is agreement that we want to enhance the narrative around series between our countries; for example, a proper naming of the series, like the Kallis-Ponting Trophy, is gaining momentum,” Lorgat was quoted a saying by Sport24.

 

According to the report CSA is exploring the possibility of having the year-marked four-Test series against England to five Tests.

 

“The great challenge is obviously to find the time and space on the international calendar to fit in [expanded Test series]. There is always pressure on the calendar over the peak Test time of December and January [in the southern hemisphere].” Lorgat added.