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Marsh excited by day/night Test Published: 31 October 2012

Rod Marsh says Test cricket should embrace day/night Test cricket, more than 30 years since he played in floodlit 'supertests' during World Series Cricket.

Night Test cricket would be really successful

Australia legend Marsh, currently a selector for the national team, told Lords.org that Test cricket was ready for day/night action, in certain parts of the world.

"I say bring it on!" said Marsh, who played in Kerry Packer's controversial but influential World Series Cricket, which pioneered innovations now common in international cricket, such as coloured clothing and floodlit matches.

"What people need to understand is that during World Series Cricket we played Supertests at night. This was nearly 35 years ago and there is no reason why this can't happen with Test matches today.

"Night Test cricket would be really successful on the sub-continent and in Australia, and NZ and South Africa. I don't think it's necessary in the UK but it could easily go through until 8pm with a red ball. The West Indies may also embrace day/night Test matches."

Inevitable

The prospect of a first day/night Test match took a significant step forward when the ICC announced the latest changes to its Playing Conditions this week - adding a clause specifying that individual country boards may schedule such a fixture.

James Sutherland, CEO of Marsh' employers Cricket Australia, reacted by saying that a day/night Test match was now inevitable.

Sutherland was cautious though on the issue of what colour ball would be best suited for the new format - a concern echoed in Marsh's comments.

However, that did not quell Marsh's enthusiasm to overcome any potential pitfalls.

"If a pink ball isn't going to be the way to go then why not use a white ball (or two) and play in coloured clothing," added Marsh, who took a then world-record 355 dismissals in 96 Tests for Australia.

"If they wanted to be really courageous then players could use a red ball in the day time and white clothing and then change to colours and a white ball in the evening session."

Marsh joined MCC's World Cricket committee earlier this year - attending his first meeting at Lord's in August.

His enthusiasm for the day/night Test game is in line with the committee's past work in promoting the format, which it has championed since 2008.

MCC has played the last three Champion County matches in Abu Dhabi, in day/night first-class conditions and with a pink Kookaburra ball, which the Club believes is ready for use in a full Test. MCC will play LV= County Champions Warwickshire in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 24-27 March 2013.


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