It’s been talked about for literally decades now, and experimented with in various forms of the game. But finally (whether you like it or not) cricket‘s first ever Day/Night Test Match is upon us, and it’ll happen in Australia.
“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.”“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.”
Meanwhile New Zealand Cricket boss David White stated that the move was necessary for the game’s administrators to keep pursuing modernism and evolution within cricket’s most revered match format.
“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.”“As administrators we owe it to the game to keep exploring ways of moving forward.”
The match will feature the use of a Pink Kookaburra ball for the test, which has been trialled within Australia in the past during day/night Sheffield Shield matches.