98 overs a day in four-day Tests
It has been confirmed that four-day Tests will have 98 overs in a day’s play, a total of 392 in four days. Follow-ons can be enforced after 150-run first innings lead.
Usually six hours of play are played in five-day Tests. In four-day Test, there will be six and half hours of play per day. The first and second sessions will have two hours and 15 minutes each. The last session will be played for two hours. Additional 30 minutes will be added to the fielding team to complete minimum 98 overs in a day.
These rules will be followed from the maiden four-day Test match between South Africa and Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth starting from Boxing Day.
The day-night Test match between these two sides will begin at 1.30 pm on December 26. Stumps will be at 9.00 pm. 20 minutes will be given for tea break while there will be 40 minutes for dinner break.
The last hour of play on the final day will start after 83 overs, which is 75 overs in five-dayers. If 83 overs are completed before the scheduled time, then the calculations for the final hour will be done by the clock.
ICC approved four-day Tests as ‘trials’ until the 2019 World Cup. However, there will not be any four-day games in the new Test League Championship starting from 2019.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com