Australia and New Zealand are ready to take each other in the historical Test starting from this Friday at Adelaide Oval, in Adelaide. It will be the first ever day-night Test along with the “Pink Ball” in the 138-years international cricket history.
Australia are ready to give the leading role to the Mitchell Starc in their pace attack. Starc will be given the role of Mitchell Johnson who retired after playing the second Test in this series.
The conception about the new “Pink Ball” is that, the ball can provide more swing specially at floodlights. So it is very easy to imagine that Starc will be the key factor for the Australian bowling line-up.
Starc is in the decent form in the ongoing series. He already grabbed ten wickets in the first two tests but he specially took the limelight after bowling fastest ever delivery in the test cricket history 160.4 kmph (99.4 mph).
“It usually swings with the new ball and also under lights it tends to swing a little bit more,” Australian spinner Nathan Lyon about the pink ball.
He added, “I’m a big fan of bowling with the pink ball because they (batsmen) can’t see the seam so it’s going to be interesting times.”
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson thinks both team will be keen to bowl at floodlights and that’s why it put effect on the strategy of the declaration.
Australia can play with two spinners, so there may be a chance for Stephen O’Keefe who played only test match at last year against Pakistan in Dubai. He had taken 18 wickets in three Sheffield Shield games at the Adelaide Oval; which were played with the “Pink Ball”.
O’Keefe opined, “This is the best ground to play with the pink ball. I think that is a result wicket out there, without a doubt.”
David Warner, who is in terrific form in this series, is expecting some challenges in this test. He said, “The last two wickets have been very batter-friendly. It’s going to be a different story playing here and I think you’ll see the ball move around a bit off the wicket.”
As per team news, James Pattinson may comeback in this match; while Shaun Marsh may get a chance on the place of injured batsman Usman Khawaja. On the other hand, New Zealand can take Neil Wagner if Trent Boult remains unfit.
This match is expecting a very high excitement. The ticket is already sold with very fine and the expectation of the TV viewership is also looking very positive.
A news from the Adelaide ground, the ground staffs had their work cut out after a rock concert by AC/DC at the Oval on Saturday, putting a drop-in pitch in place and replacing some 800 square meters (8,600 square feet) of outfield.
Currently Australia is leading this series with 1-0 after first two matches in the three match test series. Australia thrashed New Zealand by 208 runs in the first test, while the second test was resulted a draw.