South Africa Test skipper Faf du Plessis © Getty Images
South Africa Test skipper Faf du Plessis © Getty Images

Having successfully beaten Bangladesh in the first Test by 333 runs, South Africa are in a position of power in the ongoing home series. Sadly, that sense of united power only resides on the field; off the field the players and Cricket South Africa (CSA) continue to be at of loggerheads. It was recently revealed that Faf du Plessis, South African captain, and Dean Elgar have opposed the idea of a four-day Test.

CSA is planning to host Zimbabwe in a four-day match under lights, starting this Boxing Day. However, whether that match will receive Test status is pending approval from ICC. In case ICC does not grant it Test status, the match will mostly be cancelled. According to Cricbuzz, du Plessis said: “I am a fan of five-day Test cricket. I believe the great Test matches have gone to the last hour of the last day on Day Five. That’s what is so special about Test cricket. In four-day cricket or First-Class cricket it does feel easier because there are only four days.”

It now being that that not all South African players were taken into confidence before inviting Zimbabwe for a four-day Test. Elgar said: “I’m a five-day Test specialist, and it must stay that way in my opinion. I don’t think you should tinker with something that’s not broken. If you go and play around the world, Test cricket is followed quite well. If you play in Australia, if you play in England, even if you play in South Africa against the relatively big nations you still get very good crowds. There are other formats that are being experimented with. I don’t see why Test cricket should suffer. I am a purist when it comes to that. Hopefully the game can have longevity in the five-day format.”

South Africa play Bangladesh in the second Test at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein on October 6.