The longest format of the game has not been able to attract decent viewership in the recent years due to the increasing popularity of the T20 format. But Cricket Australia is trying their best to get the viewership back and has always supported playing the game under lights with a pink ball so as to attract prime time viewership.
However the New Zealand’s top stars are not happy with the concept and are not willing to play the game under lights. The day night Tests that are scheduled in the tour to Australia devalues cricket, felt some of the players said the New Zealand’s Cricket Players Association.
Cricket Australia who have tried the concept already in the 14-15 Sheffield Shield season were trying to get the first international match in this tour of New Zealand. However when the players were asked about the idea, the response was skeptical of the game and many players did not want to play a Test match under lights said the players’ association chief executive Heath Mills.
Adelaide which was chose as the main venue to host the day night game is a great stadium and Kyle Mills of NZ who felt that the series against a team like Australia in their home is something that they look forward to and that he hoped to play them under normal conventional rules and circumstances.
He also exclaimed that the use of a new ball would make the game more of an exhibition match and that the popularity of Test cricket can be improved collectively by all nations and not individually.