The excitement levels in the New Zealand camp currently are sky high, as the visitors brace themselves for the historic day and night test, to be played at the Adelaide Oval. The day and night test could be the beginning of a new life for test cricket, and it has already received a positive response from the stakeholders of the game.
New Zealand’s opening batsman Tom Latham is really excited by the prospect of a day and night test, and feels it is something really special. “It’s obviously pretty exciting to have that many people there for this historic Test and I think it’s going to be a great fixture,” Latham said. “It’s a massive occasion for us and Australia and, flying over the stadium yesterday, it was pretty cool to see it first hand and it’ll be pretty cool to get there tomorrow.” “From the sounds of things, and going by what I’ve heard about the surface, it’s a pretty flat surface so it’d be pretty nice to get out there and face the first ball of a pink ball Test,” Latham said.
Tim Southee, New Zealand’s new ball bowler too chipped in with his thoughts. “We’re continuing to learn about what the pink ball is going to throw at us,” Southee said. “Just the way it reacts at certain times of the day and how you’re going to cope with different phases throughout the day. “It does a little bit more under lights. That’s not an unknown, both sides know that. Both sides can swing the ball. It’s how you perform in that time when it does do a little bit.”
All in all, it does seem that the players are genuinely geared up for the latest innovation to the game of cricket.