Australia wants India to play D/N Test at Adelaide

Australia wants India to play D/N Test at Adelaide

Ronald Pratt
May 2, 2018

India will begin their Australia tour with a three-match T20 series from November 21 to 25, and then play four Tests in Adelaide (December 6-10), Perth (December 14-18), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7).

Western Australia's cricket boss has backed the controversial surface at Perth Stadium after the venue secured its maiden Test this coming Australian summer.

Generally, the pink ball begins to swing around quite a bit under the lights, a reason a lot of wickets fall after dusk. They will rather concentrate on playing red-ball cricket only (in the longest format) for now.

While releasing Australia's global schedule on Monday, CA chief executive officer James Sutherland said his Board is in discussions with the BCCI to convince India to play a Day-Night Test in Adelaide.

BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary reportedly spoke in favor of the twilight Test last week, saying he had consulted the team management, selectors and the office bearers over the issue.

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Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland talks during a news conference at a hotel, in Sandton, South Africa March 27, 2018. "Our preference is to go with a day-night test... the day-night tests have been a phenomenal success for us and I think to have the first ever day-night test between India and Australia would be a massive success". The CA, however, announced the home summer schedule without mentioning the start time of the Adelaide Test.

The series will feature three T20 internationals and three one-dayers in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, with a match between New Zealand and a Governor-General's XI on February 28.

"On the back of last years' ground-breaking gender equitable MOU which the players fought for, it is right that our female team continues to get the exposure they deserve", he said. India, it is learnt, are also reluctant to have day-night Tests in the nine-team World Test Championship to be played from 2019.

Warren Deutrom, chief executive of Cricket Ireland, confirmed the details of the largest broadcast rights package in Irish cricket history, which incorporates match coverage on networks in countries including the U.S. and Australia.

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.