Sport Cricket One of cricket’s biggest occasions won’t be happening this summer

One of cricket’s biggest occasions won’t be happening this summer

Australia Adelaide Oval
The day-night concept is very popular. Photo: Getty
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For this summer at least, the day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval has been cancelled.

Massive crowds and exciting matches had seen the day-night concept prove a winner with fans and television viewers in recent years.

But India do not want to play in the evening and, after lengthy negotiations with Cricket Australia (CA), it was announced on Tuesday that the tourists had got their way.

The match – which will open the Test summer on December 6 – will be played in the traditional timeslot instead.

A further three Tests against India will follow, in Perth (Dec 14-18), Melbourne (Dec 26-30) and Sydney (Jan 3-7).

“We can confirm that we have received advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed day-night Test in Adelaide this summer,” CA said.

“As a result, we can now confirm this Test match will be a day format.

“Whilst we appreciate some Adelaide fans may be disappointed, we know how popular the Adelaide Test is and look forward to hosting India there in December.

“We are committed to hosting at least one day-night Test each home summer as part of our continued focus to grow Test cricket and we are excited about the day-night Test against Sri Lanka at the ‘Gabba in January.”

The clash at the ’Gabba, which has staged day-night Tests before, will take place from January 24-28.

It is the first match of a two-Test series against Sri Lanka.

‘Still a big winner’

South Australian Cricket Association chief executive Keith Bradshaw said that he was confident fans would still attend the Test in big numbers.

“We would love, down the track, to host India in a day-night Test match at Adelaide Oval,” he said.

“We are, however, also positive that our Test match next summer will still be a big winner with SACA members and cricket fans.

Virat Kohli
India star Virat Kohli hit two centuries in the 2014 Test in Adelaide. Photo: Getty

“It will be Australia’s first home Test of the season – against the world No.1 ranked Test side India – and there will be enormous interest both here and abroad.

“The last time India played a Test at Adelaide Oval, in 2014, 113,009 fans attended across the five days – a venue record for Tests against India.

“With a Thursday start and then a full weekend of cricket, we are confident we will set another record next summer.”

Justin Langer names new-look squads

Both Australia’s one-day international and Twenty20 squads look different without banned trio Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, with new coach Justin Langer endorsing the selection of Tim Paine as the nation’s new ODI captain.

Paine – appointed Australia’s 46th Test captain in March – will lead the side on a temporary basis.

Spinner Nathan Lyon won an overdue recall to the ODI team, while Chris Lynn has been ruled out of both squads due to a shoulder injury.

Aaron Finch will captain Australia’s Twenty20 team going forward, with South Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey a surprise selection as vice-captain.

Australia will play five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 against England in June, before taking part in a Twenty20 tri-series tour of Zimbabwe that also involves Pakistan.

ODI squad: Tim Paine (captain), Aaron Finch (vice-captain), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye

T20 squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey (vice-captain), Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth

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