Amid mixed reaction to Day-Night Test, the sentinel of the laws of cricket, The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has voiced its support for day-night Test match scheduled to be played in Adelaide later this year for the first time in international cricket. Australia will take on New Zealand in the third and final Test at the Adelaide Oval on November 27 and will be played using a pink Kookaburra ball.
John Stephenson, the Head of Cricket at MCC, said: “This announcement is a very positive step for Test cricket and everyone at MCC is pleased with the news. The Club has conducted a lot of research over the years into the possibilities of day-night Test cricket using pink cricket balls, and it will be exciting to see this in action.”
MCC has led the development of the day-night Test concept since it first used the pink ball in April 2008 in a match at Lord’s against Scotland.
The Champion County match has also been played under lights with a pink ball in Abu Dhabi since 2010, when MCC played then County champions Durham.
“The quality of the Champion County matches, which have been played under these conditions since 2010, has demonstrated that day-night, long-form cricket played with a pink ball is a viable proposition.
“This, combined with the successful Sheffield Shield trials of the pink ball late last year, make it clear that the time is right for a day-night Test match to be played with a pink ball,” Stephenson further added.
MCC have also produced a short film detailing its research into day-night cricket and the pink ball.
“It’s all about trying to help Test cricket thrive and prosper. At the right venue and with the right conditions, day-night Test match cricket can address the sharp decrease in attendances seen in certain countries around the world.
“The Club is very grateful to Cricket Australia for helping to develop this concept through the Sheffield Shield trials, culminating in the confirmation of the first ever day-night Test match on 27th November. MCC believes that Test cricket played under these conditions can be very popular and help revitalise the longest form of the game.”
MCC is the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the sentinel of the laws and sprit of the game.
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