Melbourne, June 30: Australia and New Zealand will play the first ever day-night Test in November this year, Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed.
This historic match will be played at the Adelaide Oval from November 27, CA said today. This game will be the third and final Test of the series between the Trans-Tasman rivals for Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. Pink Kookaburra ball will be used.
CA's Chief Executive James Sutherland said day-night Test was being played keeping in mind fans. "One of the global challenges with Test cricket is that most of the matches outside holiday periods are played on week days, in the middle of the day when people are at work and kids are at school," Sutherland said.
"By shifting the playing times each day's play can go into the evening and allow people to come in after work or after school to attend the last few hours of play, but also when they get home in other parts of the world or other parts of the country, they can watch the game on TV," he added.
New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) Chief Executive David White said, "Since the first Test in 1877 there have been numerous changes to the laws and rules in an effort to ensure the game remains relevant - and this is another. As administrators, we owe it to the game to keep exploring ways of moving forward."
The first ever Test match was played in 1877 and so far till date 2,168 five-day games have taken place. And in November it will be a new beginning for the traditional format.