Australia, New Zealand set to play first day-night Test match in November
In a bid to revive dwindling interest in Test cricket, Australia and New Zealand have joined forces to meet in the game’s first day-nighter later this year.
The trans-Tasman rivals will play a three-match Test series beginning November 27, with the final match to be played under lights in Adelaide.
A pink ball will be introduced in order to facilitate the game under floodlights while still allowing players to wear traditional whites.
Reflecting on this new format, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said he hopes the idea would increase interest in the game.
Meanwhile, Sutherland’s New Zealand counterpart Heath Mills stated that it is an uncharted territory and, therefore, there would be uncertainty and apprehension, the BBC reported.
However, Mills insisted that despite their reservations, he hopes the players could see the greater good it brings to all levels of game.
Sutherland also said that shifting the playing times would also result in more viewership as it would allow people to come in after work or school to watch the game.