Ryan Harris slams ICC rationale behind ‘pointless’ two-Test series

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2011, 13:39 PM IST

Sydney: Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has criticized the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s decision to hold two-match Test series, saying that the intent behind creating the fixture list has to be addressed.

Heading into a third straight shortened Test series against New Zealand, Harris felt it was a terrible blight on the most important form of the game.

The 32-year-old said that three-Test series should be a minimum for traditional international rivals and called for Twenty20 matches to be slashed to accommodate the five-day game.

“Two-Test series, personally in my point of view, are pointless. If it’s 1-1 at the end of the series you walk away with an empty feeling. Three-Test series have to be a minimum, if not more,” the Age quoted Harris, as saying.

“It’s crucial. I`m not sure how they do it with the amount of cricket there is - cut-backs from Twenty20 - but Test cricket is the one. I’m not knocking Twenty20, it’s great for the game, but you have to get your priorities right,” he added.