SCG makes a pitch for a second Test
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.