The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mcc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MCC</a> World Cricket Council suggested on Tuesday the introduction of a shot clock in Test cricket in a bid to speed up the five-day game. <p></p> <p></p>Slow over-rates have become an increasing problem in Test cricket, with claims that the sedate pace of that form of the game is becoming less attractive for fans. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">International Cricket Council</a> (ICC) statistics from May 2018 show that over-rates in the last year were the lowest in the 11 years they had been measured. While the MCC council acknowledge that the introduction of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/drs" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Decision Review System</a> (DRS) was partly responsible for this, they believe a number of measures could be brought in to speed things up. (<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-australia-2019-4th-odi-virat-kohli-unhappy-with-drs-decision-against-ashton-turner-813494" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Virat Kohli unhappy with DRS decision against Ashton Turner</a>) <p></p> <p></p>The shot clock is one of those suggestions, with the MCC statement proposing: "A timer, to be shown on the scoreboard, to count down from 45 seconds from the call of 'Over'. (This would be increased to 60 seconds for a new batsman on strike and 80 seconds for a change of bowler). <p></p> <p></p>"If either side is not ready to play when the clock reaches zero, they would receive a warning, with further infringements in that innings resulting in five penalty runs being awarded to the opposition." (<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/86-per-cent-of-fans-prefer-watching-tests-compared-to-limited-overs-cricket-mcc-812878" target="_blank" rel="noopener">86 per cent of fans prefer watching Tests compared to limited-overs cricket: MCC</a>) <p></p> <p></p>There would be a similar timer used at the fall of a wicket, while proposals to speed up the DRS process have also been put forward. <p></p> <p></p>"During DRS reviews, the standard protocol should be cut short as soon as the TV production team is aware that it will be not out," the statement read. <p></p> <p></p>A further proposal is for Test cricket to implement the rule used in white-ball cricket where a no-ball is followed by a free hit for the batting side.