Aussies, Kiwis to play first ever day-night Test

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Cricket will venture into the unknown with the announcement that Australia and New Zealand will contest the first ever day-night Test match at the Adelaide Oval on 27 November.

The historic match will be the third Test in the series between the Aussies and the Black Caps while the match will see the new pink ball being used for the first time in the longest format of the game.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said: "One of the global challenges with Test cricket is that most of the matches outside holiday periods are played on week days, in the middle of the day when people are at work and kids are at school,"

"By shifting the playing times each day's play can go into the evening and allow people to come in after work or after school to attend the last few hours of play, but also when they get home in other parts of the world or other parts of the country, they can watch the game on TV."

The start time for the match has not yet been confirmed but there is a possibility that it could start at 14:30 local time (7:30 GMT).

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said: "Since the first Test in 1877 there have been numerous changes to the laws and rules in an effort to ensure the game remains relevant – and this is another.

"As administrators we owe it to the game to keep exploring ways of moving forward."

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