Tasmania cricket chief calls for sixth Ashes Test to be added to future series

Tasmania cricket chief calls for sixth Ashes Test to be added to future series

Dominic Baker, the chief executive of Tasmania cricket, has called for the Ashes to become a six Test series.

The series is currently contested across five matches, but Baker, whose state is hosting an Ashes test for the first time this year due to the strict Covid restrictions in Perth, believes the number of games should be increased.

“I actually think it should be six Test matches,” he told BBC Test Match Special. “I think six Test matches against England and India are a must.

“The fans will come and it’s a fantastic viewership and great for the game and where cricket is at its peak.

Tasmania cricket chief Dominic Baker wants to see the number of Test matches in the Ashes increased to six
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“I think there should be six Tests and that way Tasmania will get one. Similarly, we should be playing six Tests in England too.

“I think we have to play the bigger nations, those series have to be major events, and I think a six match series is where it’s at.”

Baker also spoke to SEN radio about Tim Paine’s absence from the series, with the Hobart native not featuring in his state’s first Ashes Test after a historic sexting scandal became public on the eve of the series.

Paine stood down as Australia captain and pulled out of the Ashes as a result of the scandal and, at the age of 37, he is not expected to play Test cricket again.

“He’s up on the Gold Coast enjoying some fantastic time with his family, which is all part of him looking after his and his family’s health and wellbeing,” Baker said.

“As sad as we’ll be about him not being there, the saddest person will be Tim.

Tasmania are hosting their first ever Ashes Test, with Perth’s strict Covid restrictions leaving them unable to stage the match
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“I didn’t know whether or not it was a good idea him being in Tasmania for the Test match, but I think probably in hindsight it was the best thing.

“Tim didn’t want this to be about Tim Paine not playing. He wanted this to be about Tasmania celebrating an Ashes Test match, and Australia hopefully getting a convincing victory.

“I did have a chat to him this morning, and there was that little bit of bitterness in the voice from him around, ‘I’d love to be there,’ but at the same time wishing us all the best, as we wish him all the best.”

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