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First day-night Test likely in 2015 Published: 30 June 2014

Day-night Test cricket seems imminent
Day-night Test cricket seems imminent

Australia and New Zealand seem likely to play the first ever day-night Test match, using a pink ball, in November next year.

Adelaide and Hobart are the two venues being considered by Cricket Australia to host what would be a historic fixture against their trans-Tasman rivals.

Cricket Australia have been strong supporters of the day-night/pink-ball concept in recent years, and will play a round of domestic Sheffield Shield matches in the format this winter for the second successive season.

James Sutherland, CA's Chief Executive, told Cricinfo they remain very excited about the potential Test.

He said: "What we learnt from that last year is that there are no really obvious reasons why we shouldn't be continuing to progress with our intent around day-night Test match."

Suntherland admitted that there might be "some trepidation" about the pink ball from players, but said that cricket should look at the big picture.

"The pink ball, just like the white ball, doesn't behave exactly the same as the red ball," he added. "But ... the ball is the same for both teams.

"What we were pleased about was that in looking at the Shield results from this round that we played, the statistics in terms of runs and wickets were very much on par with average for the whole Shield season last year. There weren't any rogue behaviours.

"If there are things we can do to enhance Test cricket to make it more popular, then that needs to be our ultimate aim. The last thing we want is to see Test cricket withering on the vine."

MCC's World Cricket committee has been the driving force behind pink-ball, day-night cricket, with MCC playing the first pink-ball first-class match against Durham in Abu Dhabi in 2010.

The Club has continued to play its annual Champion County fixture in the same conditions in each year since, with MCC beating Durham by six wickets in the 2014 edition.


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