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MCC delight at Edgbaston day/night Test

The first day/night Test in the UK will be held at Edgbaston
The first day/night Test in the UK will be held at Edgbaston

MCC has expressed its delight at the decision to host a first ever day/night Test in the UK in 2017.

Edgbaston will play host to the historic Investec Test between England and the West Indies from 17 to 21 August next summer. Play will take place from 2pm to 9pm using a pink ball made by manufacturers Dukes.

MCC has long championed day/night first-class and Test cricket, and played six consecutive MCC v Champion County fixtures using a pink ball under lights in Abu Dhabi between 2010 and 2015.

John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said: "We are delighted that the ECB have decided to take this step.

"MCC has been instrumental in conducting research into day/night Test cricket for many years, both in trialling pink ball matches at Lord’s and overseas, and in working with equipment manufacturers and scientists to help develop the ball itself."

MCC has been instrumental in conducting research into day-night Test cricket

The decision to host the match in Birmingham follows the inagural day/night Test between Australia and New Zealand last year, with record crowds flocking to the Adelaide Oval.

Stephenson added: "The MCC World Cricket committee has long supported and promoted the introduction of day/night Test cricket to help arrest declining attendances around the world and thus ensure the viability and health of the purest form of the game.

The first day/night Test was staged very successfully in Adelaide last year, and a second is about to be played next week in Dubai between Pakistan and West Indies.

"The ECB’s decision is further confirmation that this format has an important part to play in the future of Test cricket.
"MCC is working with both the ECB and Warwickshire CCC to help ensure the success of the first day/night Test Match in England next year."

As part of the West Indies' preparation for the Test, their tour match against Derbyshire at the 3AAA County Ground from 11 to 13 August will be played under the same conditions.

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