Two-tier will make Tests monotonous: Border

Published: Friday, June 4, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai :Former Australian captain and the world's highest Test run-getter Allan Border on Friday said he was not in favour of the suggested two-tier system in Test cricket because "it would lead to monotony".

Speaking to reporters at the United Services Golf Club in South Mumbai, the current member of the Australian selection committee also felt that Australia and India are the two best teams in the world on the basis of their last two contests.

"I am not in favour of the two-tier system in Test cricket. With the top tier having only five to six teams, things would get monotonous," the one-time left-handed mainstay of the Australian middle order said.

Border said he was certain that current world champions Australia and India, who won the celebrated 2001 Test series at home and then came very close to clinching last year's rubber in Australia before settling for a draw, were the top two teams in world cricket currently.

"They are the two best teams in world cricket. They have started to build a fantastic rivalry. The two sides are set to meet once every two years which is good for the game," the Australian great remarked.

Talking about the change in attitude in Australian cricketers about touring India as compared to earlier days, Border said that the Indian tour provided them with a formidable challenge.

"This (Australia's forthcoming tour to India) is a fantastic and very challenging tour. It's also commercially a very good proposition," Border said.

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