Adelaide, Nov 26: History will be created tomorrow (November 27) at the Adelaide Oval here when Australia and New Zealand play the first-ever day-night Test match.
After 138 years, for the first time, the five-day game will be played under lights. And for this, pink ball will be used, which is also a first.
Here is your complete guide to the historic Test
What, where and when?
- First-ever day-night Test will be played at the Adelaide Oval ground between Australia and New Zealand from November 27 to December 1 (Friday to Tuesday). This is the 3rd and final Test of the series (Chappell-Hadlee Trophy). Australia lead 1-0 after winning the 1st Test by 208 runs in Brisbane. 2nd game in Perth was drawn.
Why day-night Test?
- With lack of crowds at stadiums for Tests, cricket administrators and players felt day-night matches are the way forward to attract fans back to the grounds. Many players including India Test captain Virat Kohli has supported the concept.
When was it decided to play Tests under lights?
- On October 30, 2012, the International Cricket Council (ICC), game's world governing body, gave the green signal to play day-night Test with coloured balls.
When did Australia and New Zealand agree to play day-night Test?
- In June this year, Australia and New Zealand's cricket boards announced that they will play day-night Test.
When was the first-ever Test played?
- Australia and England were involved in the first-ever Test match at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in March 1877. It was a timeless Test. Australia won by 45 runs. It ended after 4 days of play (March 15 to 19 - 18th was rest day). Australia's opener Charles Bannerman hit the first-ever Test century (165) in the same match.
So far how many Tests have been played?
- In 138-year history of Test cricket, 2,189 five-day games have been played. India and South Africa are currently involved in 2,189th Test. The day-night Test will be 2,190th in game's history.
What coloured ball will be used for day-night Test?
- Traditionally red ball is used for Test cricket. However, it is not as visible at night as during the day. Hence, pink ball will be used at Adelaide Oval. Kookaburra is the manufacturer of the pink ball. Australia have trialled pink balls in domestic matches and are satisfied with the results.
Is there any change in hours of play and overs to be bowled per day?
- No. Same 6 hours of play will be witnessed as in all Test matches. 90 overs to be bowled per day.
Will it be Tea break before Supper interval?
- Yes. With Test matches being played during the day, 40-minute Lunch interval arrives first after the opening session of play. However, in day-night Test, first we will have 20-minute Tea break and later the 40-minute Supper interval. It is a reversal of breaks.
What time will the match start in Adelaide on Friday?
- At 2 PM Local Time (Adelaide) (9 AM IST, 3.30 AM GMT), the match will commence. At 4 PM, Tea break will be taken. At 6.20 PM, the players break for Supper. The 3rd and final session, from 7 PM to 9 PM, will be played fully under lights.
Who are the captains, umpires and match referee?
- Australia will be captained by Steve Smith while Brendon McCullum will lead New Zealand. Richard Illingworth (England) and S Ravi (India) will be the on-field umpires while Nigel Llong (England) is the third umpire. Australia's Simon Fry is the reserve umpire. Sri Lanka's Roshan Mahanama is the match referee.
Full squads for the match
- Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Joe Burns, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill (wicketkeeper), James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Adam Voges.
- New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Mitchell McClenaghan.