SCG makes a pitch for a sec­ond Test

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport - BEN HORNE

CRICKET NSW boss An­drew Jones wants a day-night Test in ad­di­tion to the tra­di­tional New Year Test at the SCG where the sched­ule al­lows.

Jones yes­ter­day said Syd­ney had 25 per cent of Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion, and there­fore should get 25 per cent of the top cricket con­tent.

How­ever, Cricket Aus­tralia con­firmed it did not have any plans to change its pol­icy of spread­ing Test matches evenly around the coun­try.

Can­berra has been promised a Test match in 2018-19 and, de­spite Cricket NSW’s wishes, it ap­pears the ACT and Ho­bart will fight for the sixth game in six-Test sum­mers.

Jones told ABC ra­dio he did not want the New Year Test to be a day-nighter, but said the pink ball would be a rag­ing suc­cess at the SCG ear­lier in the sum­mer.

“I think Syd­ney is the big- gest city in Aus­tralia, 25 per cent of Aus­tralians live in Syd­ney so giv­ing them 25 per cent of the con­tent makes sense math­e­mat­i­cally,” Jones said.

“It’s not some­thing you’d do ev­ery year but I think that’s some­thing that would be fair and rea­son­able given the size and im­por­tance of the city and also the size of NSW, which is a third of Aus­tralia.

“I can imag­ine a day-night Test here at the SCG.

You’d need a six-Test sum- mer and you’d need a team that can draw ear­lier in the sea­son.

“You could eas­ily think of a first day-night Test in Syd­ney and a sixth day Test in Syd­ney against the sec­ond (tour­ing) team.”

How­ever, CA ap­peared to have lit­tle in­ter­est de­spite yes­ter­day’s day five – which was en­try via a gold coin do­na­tion to the Jane McGrath Foun­da­tion – draw­ing a crowd of more than 17,500.

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