Oz to host first day-night Test match at Adelaide in Nov.
Australia and New Zealand are all set to play day night cricket test match for the first time in the history of cricket. The match will host by Australia under lights in November this year at the Adelaide oval. The game will be played with the pink kookaburra ball.
The day 27 November also mark as the first death anniversary of Australia national cricket team batsman Phillip Hughes who died due to the bouncer on his head.
“The historic cricket event will be the third of a three-test series against the black caps on Australian soil this summer and will be the first to be played under lights and with a pink kookaburra ball,” cricket Australia said.
The time schedule of the day night test match has not yet been decided but could start at 2:30 PM local time and end at around 9:30 PM. The 40-minute interval known as ‘lunch break’ could now be held between the 2nd and 3rd sessions and would be known as ‘dinner’.
The 20-minute break for tea will keep the same name but be held between the 1st and 2nd sessions of the match. James Sutherland Australia cricket chief said the move would allow more people to watch the match at the ground and on television.
“One of the global challenges with Test cricket is that most of the matches outside holiday periods are played on week days, in the middle of the day when people are at work and kids are at school,” said James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive.
The concept of day night test matches was already approved by ICC in 2012 and since then both the countries are attempting to play a day night test match. Australia have fully backed the idea – a round of Sheffield Shield matches were played under lights last year, followed by another round towards the end of this season.
“Since the first Test in 1877 there has been numerous changes to the laws and rules in an effort to ensure the game remains relevant – and this is another,” said David White, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive. “As administrators we owe it to the game to keep exploring ways of moving forward.”
“We want cricket to sustain itself, especially Test cricket well into the future. It needs to increase and continue to grow, keep the fans flooding back and coming to watch Test cricket,” said David Richardson, ICC chief executive.