My colleague Dr Liam Lenten has some controversial ideas on promoting Test Match cricket.
" it may be that what we need is more draws, or at least the chance of more draws...
...the modern-day version of Test cricket is characterised by quicker scoring and wicket taking, more frequent dismissals due to third umpires, a steep fall in the frequency of draws and fewer matches going into the fifth day.
...the side that struggles early in the Test and is no longer in a position to win the Test finds it harder to hold on for a draw.
Dr Lenten believes administrators need to reduce the number of overs bowled each day and consideration should be given to Tests lasting four days rather than five".
Most Tests that finish with a result in the final session of the fifth day are highly absorbing matches, and currently there are not enough Tests going into the fifth day,"
A full analysis is contained in the December Economic Papers published by the Economic Society of Australia - unfortunately not yet available online.