Cricket Australia confirms Adelaide Test will be a day affair

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So far, four day-night tests involving the pink ball, have been held and all have been won by Australia, which has also incidentally hosted all the matches.

India is one of only two current Test-playing nations to avoid playing pink ball cricket at the worldwide level, with Bangladesh being the other. "Nobody can put a gun on to our head and say play (day-night cricket)".

A day after the BCCI poured cold water on their tradition of hosting a day/night Test at Adelaide, Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed playing Sri Lanka in a pink ball match at the Gabba in Brisbane early next year.

Cricket Australia had pencilled in the December 6-10 Test in Adelaide as a pink-ball match but India baulked at playing under floodlights. They insisted on having a pink-ball (Day/Night) Test during the tour. What are thriving are the "popular" shorter versions of cricket - their detractors consider them a different sport - such as the one-day game and Twenty20.

That the Adelaide event will be a day-only affair is a blow for new broadcast rights holders, Channel Seven and Fox Sports, for this will be the first test the networks cover.




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

"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", a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.

"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 overseas", he said.

Mr Sutherland told Melbourne-based radio station SEN News that "there's always a bit of trepidation and conservatism in India and, to be frank, I think they want to come out here and beat us".

He said, "We're hoping there will be some sort of regulation in there (the Test Championship) that will allow home teams to fixture at least one day-night Test match".

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