Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Australia hope for DN Test vs India

Australia hope for DN Test vs India

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"There has been no formal discussion as yet with the players on the day-night Test, but the general consensus among players is that they are not yet accustomed to it".

Cricket Australia's hopes of kicking off the India series at Adelaide with the day-night Test is unlikely to get a green signal from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Australia and India play their second test at the new Perth Stadium in Burswood, across the Swan river from the city's traditional test venue, the WACA.

Cricket Australia is hopeful that India will finally follow all the other leading nations by agreeing to play a day-night Test match, according to a report on the Cricket Network.

On a day when Cricket Australia (CA) said they still prefer to play a day-night Test against India in Adelaide, a member of the Committee of Administrator (CoA) ruled out the possibility, citing reluctance from the Indian team management and players. Day-night Tests have been part of Australia's annual cricket calendar ever since the inaugural pink-ball Test was played in Adelaide between the hosts and New Zealand.

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The move is being seen as a further slide down Australia's cricket stadium. They don't want to jeopardise their chances, as they are not "accustomed to" playing pink-ball cricket.

"If you look at the last Test match played there during the Ashes series we had over 200,000 people there".

Brisbane will host first Test against Sri Lanka, a confirmed day-night game, from January 24 to 28, and the Manuka Oval in Canberra - also a first-time Test venue - the second Test from February 1 to 5. "There, we will also deliver a large-scale community festival in partnership with the Victorian Government, which will be a terrific celebration of Indian culture".

Meanwhile, Gold Coast, which was venue for this year's Commonwealth Games, will be staging its first-ever worldwide game when Australia host South Africa for a one-off T20I on November 17.

The T20 global at Metricon Stadium on November 17 will follow Australia's three one-dayers against the touring Proteas in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.

The schedule, which will see test cricket played in February for the first time in over 20 years, has been structured to avoid clashing with the domestic "Big Bash" T20 competition, which has proved a bigger drawcard for local fans than some test matches in recent seasons.

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