ICC: Day-Night Tests are here to stay


Following the third Test between Australia and New Zealand, which concluded in Adelaide on Sunday, ICC Chief David Richardson hailed the successful debut of day/night Test cricket and says that it is a concept which can greatly enhance the traditional format of the game.

Australia won the match inside three days, with the pink ball proving challenging for both sets of batsmen, and even the fielders having trouble under lights, but Richardson felt it was a learning curve, just like the white ball was.

Richardson said: "The inaugural day/night Test in Adelaide was a huge success, enjoyed by cricket followers across the world. I would like to congratulate both the Australia and New Zealand teams on a thrilling game of cricket.

"It was an exciting game, played in exemplary spirit, and in front of record crowds  – a great advert for Test cricket.

"Although day/night Tests will not be feasible at every venue, it certainly provides a new dimension for players, spectators, broadcasters and fans alike and it is here to stay.

"We need to make sure we take all the learnings we can from this first match, identify what has worked well and what needs improving, and make sure that future day/night Tests are as good, if not better.

"I have every confidence that day/night Tests will continue to be embraced by more Boards in the near future to, in time, become a regular feature of Test match scheduling."

Australia won the Test series 2-0.