The excitement levels in the cricketing fraternity are sky high as Australia and New Zealand prepare for the first ever day and night test match. Ahead of the game, Australia’s skipper Steve Smith discussed about the various aspects of the game. Smith however, said that he was very surprised by the green nature of the pitch laid out at the Adelaide Oval.
“There’s probably a little bit more grass than I anticipated to be on it. That added bit of grass probably swayed our decision. I think it is going to be a good Test match for us. I think the facilities here are outstanding, I think the wicket is going to be a little bit more difficult perhaps than the Shield match, but I don’t think the conditions will be too dissimilar, so hopefully we can see a good five days of Test cricket,” said Smith about the wicket.
Another thing making this test more hyped is that it will have a cash reward associated with it. The two teams will be playing with $1 million at stake, which will be split 60-40, between the winner and loser respectively. “We are not really worrying about prize money, our main focus is to win the series against New Zealand, they are our cross-town rivals in a way,” Smith said. “I think it is a really exciting concept. I can’t wait to get out and give it a crack, so I think the ball has had a lot of work, it is at a position now where it is going to hold up, particularly in these conditions out here at Adelaide Oval,” Smith said.
Dismissing any differences, Smith said, “We’ve all batted under lights at different times of our careers whether it is white ball, red ball or pink ball, I don’t think there is a huge difference, it is just a matter of going out there and adjusting and adapting to the conditions and playing what we are faced with. They have some quality bowlers who can swing the ball around and we are going to have to be aware of them.”