Paine backs authorities amid air quality concerns in Sydney


The right-hander also topped the world's run-scoring lists for 2019, with his run-out for 19 in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand his first score below 50 this summer.

Later yesterday, Australian tennis players in the ATP Cup pledged varying amounts to bushfire appeals for each ace they hit during the inaugural tournament and later events Down Under, including the Australian Open beginning January 20.

Tennis Australia said yesterday it planned to announce some fund-raising initiatives for the bushfire victims at the ATP Cup and at the Australian Open.

"It's a challenge", Lyon said, adding that some of the best Test matches he has experienced have finished late on the fifth day. Thousands of Holidaymakers Trapped on Beaches Encircled by Fire.

"There's talk about smoke delaying this game but who cares, it doesn't mean anything compared with what people are going through".

'In the past, many players have been against a change to four days, but it would also be important for players to understand any benefits of time freed up.

It's entirely possible that play could be stopped, as was the case during a recent abandoned Big Bash League match in Canberra, as match referee Richie Richardson and umpires closely monitor air quality and visibility.

Langer, however, was happy to leave the judgement over the hazardous conditions to the officials, but said it was his side's responsibility to play a brand of cricket that would put smiles on Australians faces.

Replacing Rabada in the second spot was New Zealand quick Neil Wagner, who climbed one position on the back of his seven-wicket match haul in Melbourne. Tom Latham is captain and Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and Trent Boult are also out.

The 23-year-old Phillips has played 11 Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand.

'Innovations like the Hundred have been made to try to protect long-form cricket, not to cannibalise it, so we do owe the game and need to protect it in its current format, ' he said. I haven't had that many opportunities given how our other batters have been playing.

Dean thanked Langer in the video, saying "Justin, thank you very much". And those bad events continue to this very day and they'll be ongoing during the course of this test match.

Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts suggested last week that four-day Tests were an innovation worth considering, adding that "perhaps it is more likely than not in the mid-term future".

Moving the Sydney Test would have been a massive logistical exercise - hence the reason why it was raised and then swiftly ruled out a number of weeks in advance as CA moved to ensure all bases were covered. Joining the list of giving a thumbs down to the proposal is Australian legend Glenn McGrath.