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Oz to host first day-night Test in Nov

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Published on July 03, 2015 with No Comments

Dinner break
In another innovative move the 40-minute ‘lunch’ interval may be held between the second and third sessions of the day and would be known as ‘dinner’.
The 20-minute break for tea will keep the same name but be held between the first and second sessions. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said it was all “another step forward in the evolution of the game”. “Since the first Test in 1877 there have been numerous changes to the laws and rules in an effort to ensure the game remains relevant and this is another,” White added. “As administrators we owe it to the game to keep exploring ways of moving forward.” The day-night match was part of a six-Test summer schedule announced by Cricket Australia .Australia will also play three Tests against West Indies including the marquee Boxing Day and New Year’s matches

Starc not in favour
Australia paceman Mitchell Starc has expressed concerns about the pink ball to be used in the first day-night test, saying it behaved “very differently” to the usual red ball and crowds might not even be able to see it.
Starc, who was named the player of the World Cup in March, also questioned the efficacy of the format as a measure of a cricketer’s career, suggesting night tests might need to be recorded separately given the vastly different conditions on offer.
The 25-year-old left-armer was involved in a round of Sheffield Shield day-night trial matches in Australia but was not convinced by the concept.
“It doesn’t react anything like the red ball, in terms of swing and the hardness of it anyway,” he told media in England, where Australia are preparing for the Ashes. It goes soft pretty quickly, I didn’t see a huge amount of reverse swing in that game and I don’t think it swung from memory too much until the artificial light took over.It definitely reacts very, very differently to the red ball. The other thing as well is, personally, I couldn’t see the thing at night on the boundary. I couldn’t see the ball. So I’m not sure how the crowd are going to see it. I understand the pink ball has changed a lot from when it first came in for trials. It’s improved a lot, so Kookaburra has done well there. But time will tell if it works with the crowds and the viewership and the way that cricketers respond to it.”

Australia will host the first day-night Test match under lights in November when they meet neighbours New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval. “The historic event will be the third of a three-test series against the Black Caps on Australian soil this summer and will be the first to be played under lights and with a pink Kookaburra ball,” Cricket Australia said. The Test under lights will start on Nov. 27 and Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the move would allow more people to watch the match at the ground and on television. “One of the global challenges with Test cricket is that most of the matches outside holiday periods are played on week days, in the middle of the day when people are at work and kids are at school,” Sutherland added.
“By shifting the playing times each day’s play can go into the evening and allow people to come in after work or after school to attend the last few hours of play but also when they get home in other parts of the world or other parts of the country, they can watch the game on TV.” The start time for the day-night match has not yet been decided but the Test could start at 1430 local time and end at around 2130.

 

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