South Africa agree to play day-night Test in Aus­tralia

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

CAPE TOWN—Cricket South Africa (CSA) have over­come their ini­tial hes­i­tancy and con­firmed on Wed­nes­day that the third and fi­nal test of the tour of Aus­tralia will be a day-night fix­ture at Ade­laide Oval start­ing on Nov. 24.

The Proteas had been re­luc­tant to be in­volved in a day-night match hav­ing never played with a pink ball but with two warm-up matches un­der lights planned for the Oc­to­ber-Novem­ber tour, CSA said they were now will­ing to play the fix­ture. “Fol­low­ing care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion and en­gage­ment with all our test play­ers, and ac­knowl­edg­ing the need to ex­ploit the po­ten­tial of play­ing day-night test match cricket, I am pleased to an­nounce that we have agreed with Cricket Aus­tralia to pro­ceed with this fix­ture,” CSA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ha­roon Lor­gat said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day.

“Our Proteas were ini­tially hes­i­tant to play such a key test match without pre­vi­ous ex­peri- ence and ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tion but af­ter work­ing through all their con­cerns and the pos­si­ble op­tions to pre­pare suf­fi­ciently, there is new-found ex­cite­ment for this novel test match.”

South Africa cap­tain AB de Vil­liers added that the ma­jor con­cern for the play­ers was hav­ing ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tion with a pink ball.

“We were never against this ex­cit­ing con­cept but only wanted to give ourselves the best op­por­tu­nity of com­pet­ing in con­di­tions that will be new and for­eign to us,” he said.

“Two warm-up matches will hope­fully give us an idea of what to ex­pect and hope­fully our prepa­ra­tions will help us to adapt ac­cord­ingly.

“This will be the first time that our play­ers in the test squad will play pink ball test match cricket in front of such a large crowd and to be part of this novel con­cept will no doubt be a land­mark mo­ment in all of our ca­reers.”—Agen­cies

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