Hesson: Pink ball Tests could be the norm

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New Zealand coach Mike Hesson feels that if the first day-night Test in Adelaide goes well, the revised format could well become the norm in the next few years.

The Black Caps take on Australia at the Adelaide Oval this week, under lights with the pink ball, and the time change means fans around the world will be able to watch more cricket in the Antipodes.

Added to this, more people will be able to watch the game live after work, and Hesson feels that as long as the ball issue is sorted out, day-night games could make up the majority of the schedules.

Hesson said on Sky Sports: "We're excited to play in front of a decent crowd here in Adelaide.

"The first of a day-night Test which could well turn into the norm in four or five years."

He added that wariness has given way to eagerness: "I think it's excitement now. I think before we had a few practice games with the pink ball it was definitely trepidation and a heck of a lot of unknowns.

"It's something that we've known about for a long time, but certainly over the past few days the guys have got really excited by."

New Zealand are the favourites for this match, despite trailing 1-0 in the series, as they've had more practice with the pink ball, and have been superior in the warm ups.

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