Who: Historic first day-night Test
Where: Adelaide Oval
What: To be played at Australia and New Zealand
When: From 27 November to 1 December 2015
First day-night Test will be played at the Adelaide Oval from 27 November to 1 December 2015 with a pink Kookaburra ball. The third match of the Test series (Trans-Tasman trophy) between Australia and New Zealand will see this inaugural experimental day-night Test.
Major Features of the Day-Night Test match
• For the first time in 138 years, a Test match will be played with a ball that is not red.
• For the first time in 138 years, a Test match will be played at night.
• Test Number 2188 will have a five-day limit, six-ball overs and a pink ball.
This historical Test cricket will be played as per recommendations of the MCC World Cricket Committee to keep the test cricket alive.
The decision to have a day-night Test match was taken with an aim to make people watch it on TV in prime time or head to the ground after work to catch the second half of the day’s action. It represents a continuation of the evolution of the game.
The concept of day-night Test match was conceptualized by Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland. He championed the concept for more than seven years because the oldest format of the game had challenges of existence. The global challenge for this format of the game is that in case of Test cricket most of the matches are played outside the holiday period, that is, on week days, which means people are at work and kids are at school.
New Zealand Cricket on 29 June 2015 agreed to play a day-night Test against Australia as a part of a deal that will help the two countries to resume regular cricket after a gap of four years.