Skip­pers praise day-night Test as suc­cess

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ADE­LAIDE: The world’s first day-night Test match was a great suc­cess, ri­val skip­pers Steve Smith and Bren­don McCul­lum agreed yes­ter­day, af­ter the match at the Ade­laide Oval lived up to its much-hyped billing.

Thirty-seven wick­ets tum­bled in three days as the pink ball dom­i­nated the bat, and the first Test to be played un­der lights in the 138-year history of the five-day game drew a to­tal of 123,736 fans through the gates.

The tension lasted into the third day as the de­ter­mined Ki­wis bat­tled right to the end. The Aus­tralians won the his­toric match by just three wick­ets as bowler Peter Sid­dle cracked the win­ning runs with a hob­bling Mitchell Starc as his part­ner. It was the first time since 1993 that an Ade­laide Test match had not pro­duced a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual cen­tury. It was the first three-day Test match at the fa­mous ground in 64 years-since the West Indies beat Aus­tralia by six wick­ets.

“The whole Test match was a great in­no­va­tion, it was a great spec­ta­cle, and to get 120,000 peo­ple through the gates in three days is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,” said Aus­tralia’s Smith. “It was just a game that was dom­i­nated by the bowlers. I thought New Zealand’s bowlers bowled just as well as ours.”

Kiwi coun­ter­part McCul­lum was equally ex­cited by the con­cept, which has at­tracted high in­ter­est around the cricket world. “It’s a great con­cept. As pink-ball cricket evolves, which I’m sure it will in the global game, I think we’ll see that pitches won’t have quite as much grass on it,” he said.

“Over­all, it’s a roar­ing suc­cess — 120,000 peo­ple turn­ing up over three days. Peo­ple are vot­ing with their feet. I think it’s here to stay, which is great.”“It definitely brought a dif­fer­ent el­e­ment, even on day one. It cer­tainly asked some dif­fer­ent ques­tions.

“I think, tac­ti­cally, there’s a lot to learn for cap­tains as we head into the pink-ball era.” In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive David Richard­son said the day-night Test was part of a pack­age de­signed to lift the five-day for­mat. Cricket Aus­tralia al­ready has plans in place for more day-night Tests dur­ing next sea­son’s tours by South Africa and Pak­istan. — AFP

JALANDHAR: An In­dian cricket ball maker packs pink cricket balls at the Ch­haju Ram man­u­fac­tur­ing work­shop in Jalandhar on Satur­day. In an his­toric day-night Test, Aus­tralia will chase 187 runs to win af­ter dis­miss­ing New Zealand for 208 on the third day at Ade­laide Oval yes­ter­day. — AFP

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