Arthur dismayed at three Tests being cut to two

Updated: May 06, 2011, 14:43 PM IST

Sydney: Former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur has said that Australia and South Africa deserved better than the two-Test series.

Champions League Twenty20 tournament to be held in India in September and early October has relegated this Test rivalry to minor league status.

Arthur, who orchestrated Australia’s first home series defeat in 16 years and is now coach of Western Australia, is dismayed that the customary three Tests have been cut back to two, not enough for the sort of epic battle fought between the two countries in recent series.

Test nations have been working for two years on a new Future Tours Program for 2012 to 2020, which is now being finalised with the structure of global Test and ODI championships, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

But there are fears the system will remain flawed while individual countries can negotiate their own tours.

Cricket Australia agreed to tour South Africa in November in exchange for the Proteas playing in the Boxing Day and New Year Tests in 2005 and 2008.

Because of the crowded calendar, including the rich Champions League Twenty20 in which CA and CSA have shares, one Test was shaved off the tour, and will be replaced during Australia``s next visit.

Bureau Report