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Day-night Ashes Test on the radar: Cricket Australia

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Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has floated the prospect of hosting an Ashes day-night Test in 2017-18 as the organisation continues its pink-ball push.

CA remains in negotiations with both Pakistan and South Africa counterparts regarding the 2016-17 schedule, keen to lock in two day-night Tests.

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There remains a distinct possibility there will be at least one day-night fixture in that much-anticipated Test series.

“It is certainly on the radar. We haven’t had any formal conversations with the ECB,” Sutherland told ABC Radio.

“With the success of the Adelaide Test match this year, the anticipation (is) that we will have at least one day-night Test (in 2016).

“It seems like it would be an natural progression for there to be an Ashes day-night Test match in 2017-18.”

Kookaburra is still tweaking its pink ball, with Australia and New Zealand players both having struggled to pick up the green seam at Adelaide Oval.

CA has scheduled a day-night Sheffield Shield round in February to help in that regard.

Peter Siddle, the most experienced member of the current Australia squad with 59 Tests, detailed his concerns about the concept last month.

“It was obviously an exciting venture and I think it was well received,” Siddle told AAP.

“But from a cricket point of view it still does need a bit of work.

“There’s still got to be a lot changed before – if we go about having two games (in 2016-17), three games or whatever they might think of in the future.”

Siddle feared that post-dinner sessions will shape contests too much.

“You just don’t want the toss of the coin dictating too much in terms of how the game is played,” Siddle said.

“The difference between day and night in terms of conditions was quite noticeable. You saw the loss of wickets at night and how hard it was to bat.

“It can sort of take away one side’s chances of winning. It can change that percentage a lot.”

Sutherland has previously flagged CA’s intent to host two pink-ball clashes next summer.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) operations manager Zakir Khan attended the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) had no formal representatives at the game but followed it with interest.

“We’ll have meetings in Dubai (in January) with a lot of the chief executives and certainly be talking to counterparts at Pakistan and South Africa,” Sutherland said.

“They definitely know it (day-night Tests) will be on the agenda.

“The right place, right time and right conditions – we’re going to see more Test cricket played in the evening.”

The PCB will use a pink ball in the final of its first-class tournament, a sign of how much it supports the concept.

Pakistan plays their home Tests in the United Arab Emirates, often in front of incredibly sparse crowds.

“It (potentially hosting a day-night Test) will have a positive impact for them on attendance and certainly a huge impact on television audiences as well,” Sutherland said.

New Zealand Cricket boss David White recently noted there was possibility his organisation would host a day-night Test against South Africa next summer.


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