Australia coach Justin Langer called for a change to the laws around rain delays and resuming play after heavy rain and then the wet outfield washed out the entire third session on Day 2 of the fourth Test between Australia and India at the Gabba on Saturday.
Langer was frustrated at the amount of play lost due to the weather rules as he said that that is an area where cricket should definitely improve.
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“As a cricket tragic that I am, and also now watching the business of sport, it’s so disappointing for us not to be playing cricket,” Langer told Fox Cricket prior to playing on Day 3.
“We’ve talked about getting cricket back on the airwaves and TV screens to make Australians happy, after what’s been a tough 2020, so not to be able to play because of a bit of soggy grass, it’s one of the areas we need to look at in cricket.
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Rain forced the final session to be abandoned due to a wet outfield.
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“The umpires did what they had to do, but as a sport, we need to look at that, no doubt about it.”
“I think it’s where cricket shoots itself in the foot. It’s great they are starting half an hour early today, but could they start even earlier, half an hour earlier, and say ‘we’re going to have a shorter lunch break’ just to get that time in, knowing there might be some rain in the next couple of days.
“I think that’s an area where cricket could definitely improve.”
Australia legend Shane Warne also echoed Langer’s thoughts on laws around rain delays.
“It would have been nice to hear from an umpire last night. Fair enough it’s got to be even, you’ve got to be fair to both sides, and if they deemed the outfield was too wet then it’s too wet,” Warne said.
With more rain forecast over the remaining days, Australia may have little time to bowl India out twice and seal the series 2-1.