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Australia to push for day-night Ashes Test

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016,11:06 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Sydney | Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said Tuesday that he will talk to his England counterparts about the prospect of scheduling a day-night Ashes Test in Australia in the 2017-18 series.

Sutherland said he has mentioned the possibility in passing with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about playing a day-night Test in the next Ashes series.

Sutherland said he has already spoken to South Africa and Pakistan authorities about playing a day-night Test in Australia next summer following the success of the concept in Adelaide in November last year. The historic Adelaide match against New Zealand attracted a total attendance of 123,736 fans over three lively days. The opening day gate of 47,441 was the biggest at the Adelaide Test since the famous 1932-33 ‘bodyline’ series.

Sutherland said it would be logical that the continuing success of further day-night Tests in the next Australian summer would make it an attractive proposition to schedule a day-night Test in the Ashes series in the following season.

We will be actively pursuing at least one day-night Test this year with our two visiting teams, South Africa and Pakistan, Sutherland told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground. And I guess on the assumption that we do play a day-night Test next summer or two that we will progress that further and it will be more of a fixture in our calendar, he added.

Needless to say the summer after that is an Ashes series and probably that just established tradition will continue.

Sutherland said England administrators were progressive thinkers and would be interested in the day-night Test concept.

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