November 27, 2015- The day when the final Test of the three-match series between Australia and New Zealand will begin at Adelaide. That match will be also considered as a beginning of a new era in Tests cricket as the match will be the first ever Test to be played under the lights. The day-night test be played with a pink ball and both teams will be wearing the traditional whites.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said he hoped the idea would increase interest in the game.
Sutherland said: One of the global challenges with Test cricket is that most of the matches outside holiday periods are played on weekdays, in the middle of the day when people are at work and kids are at school. By shifting the playing times, each day’s play can go into the evening and allow people to come in after work or after school to attend the last few hours of play. This would allow the viewers in other parts of the world or other parts of the country” to watch more television coverage of the match. As part of the break with tradition, the intervals between sessions – traditionally lunch and tea – will be renamed tea and dinner.
On the other hand, New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association chief executive Heath Mills indicated concerns about the difficulties of playing Test cricket under varying light and of dealing with the pink ball. Mills said: It’s uncharted territory and because of that there will be uncertainty and apprehension.
But New Zealand Cricket board agreed to it as part of a lucrative financial package secured by arranging their first Test series against Australia since 2011.