SYDNEY (AP) Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland predicts day-night tests could become an ”established tradition” on the sport’s international calendar, including for the Ashes series in 2017-18. Australia won the first ever day-night test match last November in a low-scoring but tight three-day match against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval. The match was a ratings success on TV and attracted big crowds at the venue. ”The Adelaide test last year against New Zealand was clearly an unmitigated success,” Sutherland told reporters during a rain-delayed third day of the test between Australia and the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground. ”It was proof of concept and I think it sent a message around the world as to the future of test cricket lies partly in playing day-night test cricket – not wholly but in the right place at the right time and the right conditions.” Players and officials are seeking refinements of the experimental pink ball – a hybrid between the traditional red ball used in test cricket and the white ball used on limited-overs internationals – to make for a more even contest after batsmen complained of not being able to consistently see the seam in Adelaide. Other… Read full this story
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