Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara says having a winner in every test match could arrest dwindling crowd numbers.

The 47-year-old, who played 131 tests before retiring in 2007, praised the introduction of Twenty20 cricket and suggested a change in the long form of cricket of the game could have similar affects in Tests in bolstering crowds.

"I played in a period when Test cricket was waning and the crowds were a bit smaller and I grew up in the 70s and 80s and lined up at five o'clock in the morning to watch a Test match with a packed house," Lara told BBC. "T20 has brought a new spectator in."

The legendary batsman said he would like to see Test draws scrapped, adding a winner in each match could make the game more attractive to a younger audience. "One of the complaints by an American is 'how can you play a game for five days and it ends in a draw?' I would like to maybe see results in every single Test match," he told BBC.

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"I know seventy per cent of the time the game takes its natural course and you get a result.

"Maybe find a way where you structure the game ... and come up with some formula that can bring a winner at the end of it."