Ponting not a fan of day/night Tests

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Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is not a fan of day/night Tests, saying that the longest format is all about preserving the history and tradition of the game.

Australia and New Zealand will play the first Test under lights next month at the Adelaide Oval, which will be the third and final match of the series.

Ponting has though acknowledged that the game has to move forward if it wants to keep up with the times and attract more spectators to the stadiums.

Speaking about day/night Tests at a function when he was inducted into cricket's Hall of Fame, Ponting said: "I've actually been against it the whole time.

"I mean I understand the reasons behind wanting to innovate and wanting to be different, but at the same time I think Test cricket is all about history and tradition as far as I'm concerned.

"But I guess the game has to go on and move forward. It will be interesting to see what the players make of it all and how much they enjoy the occasion.

"That's what it comes down to at the end of the day, the players have to want to enjoy it and have to want to be a part of it and want to make it something extra special and let's hope it works out that way."

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