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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Australia to Lobby Council For Test Match Tournament

SYDNEY, Australia -- Australian officials will lobby for a test match world championship when the International Cricket Council meets in Calcutta next week.

Australian Cricket Board chairman Denis Rogers said Wednesday a plan had been developed for a test match tournament every four years, but would not release specific details.

"We do support it, and we believe it should be in the form of a tournament rather than points for existing matches,'' Rogers said.

The only cricket world title is for one-day matches because of the ease of holding a tournament for limited overs games.

The system of awarding points for test matches and then deciding the world champion based on results over a determined period has been raised previously.

Australia's team claims unofficial status as the world's best and former captain Allan Border backed the idea of a decisive tournament.

"A world championship would not simply enhance test cricket -- it would save it,'' Border wrote in a newspaper column Wednesday.

He said a world championship would force countries to play more tests and the concept was needed to bring more excitement to the five-day game.

Border said he preferred a mixture of points and tournament. Points should be awarded for tests over a four-year period and then the top four teams could play off for the title.