Root, Du Plessis back five-day Tests

England captain Joe Root has gently weighed in on the debate between four and five-day Test matches

England captain Joe Root and South African counterpart Faf du Plessis have both backed five-day Tests, despite their boards advocating a downgrade to four.

The opposing skippers weighed in on the debate after England beat South Africa by 198 runs in a contest that went into the last hour of the final day.

South Africa lasted almost 138 overs in their second innings at Newlands, but could not see out eight more that would have earned them a draw.

The four-match series is now level at 1-1.

"I like five-day Test cricket. I'll leave at that, otherwise I'll get in trouble," Root told reporters in the wake of the thrilling Newlands win.

Du Plessis was more forthcoming on the same day Cricket South Africa sent out a statement officially supporting the idea of four-day Tests.

"I am a fan of Test cricket going five days. The great draws of the game always go to five days," du Plessis said.

"I'm not speaking about the other stuff that comes to four-day cricket.

"I understand there is a lot of money being burned on five-day cricket because a lot of games are not going to the fifth day.

"There will always be an opinion on both sides, but I am still a purist of the game and have been part of some great draws that went five days.

"There would definitely not have been a result in four days on the wicket we have just played on now."

The International Cricket Council is set to discuss reducing Tests to four days to ease a crammed international calendar and reduce player workload.

England will support the idea after 2023, Australia are to give serious consideration to the plan, while South Africa have already made up their minds.

"Cricket South Africa's official policy to support four-day Test match cricket," CSA said in a statement on Tuesday.

The powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to offer an opinion, but India captain Virat Kohli said he was totally against the plan.

"I am not a fan," Kohli told reporters.

"I think the intent will not be right then because then you will speak of three-day Tests, I mean where do you end?

"Then you will speak of Test cricket disappearing. I don't endorse that at all."