Former Australian bowler Jason Gillespie has thrown his weight in favour of the concept of day-night Test matches.
The first ever day-night Test will start in Adelaide on Friday, November 27 between the Trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand.
The idea to day-night Test was laid out to draw more crowd back to the stadium and instill life into the longest format of the game.
Pink ball, which is specially made for the Adelaide Test, has become a matter of debate among the cricket fraternity.
The puritans of the game opined that the day-night Test and use of pink ball will affect the game’s vintage, but the cricketers like Glenn McGrath welcome the innovative idea to revive Test cricket which is currently in shamble as fans following dwindling.
Now Jason Gillespie, who is currently the coach of England’s county side Yorkshire, joined the group of former cricketers who welcomed the idea.
“I’m all for it,” said Gillespie said to Sky Sports.
“As a sport, we have to be innovative, move with the times and continually try to evolve.
“Whether the Kookaburra pink ball is the right answer I don’t know, but we won’t know until we try it and I think as a sport we have to do that.”
As a game Test cricket has evolved from the days of underarm bowling to playing on uncovered pitches but is currently facing a problem with eroding crowd following.
Gillespie believes the experiment of day-night Test will help Test cricket.
“The game of Test cricket has evolved with underarm bowling, timeless Tests, uncovered pitches and we use different balls around the world, so I see this as another evolution of our great game.
“I welcome this decision to trial day-night Tests with a pink ball because we won’t know unless we try.”
The first day-night Test for which all ardent cricket fans and entire cricket fraternity are waiting with zeal as the match will be played between 27th November and 1st December.