Adelaide is about to witness history on Friday. Australia gears up for the first ever Day-Night test in the 138-year-old cricket history. Australia will take on New Zealand at the Adelaide oval on Nov. 27, Friday in the Trans-Tasman Test Series, set to be played under Floodlights using the revolutionary pink ball. Australia already lead the series 1-0.
According to the Guardian, play on each day will start at 2pm local time and close of play is scheduled at 9pm with the floodlights taking over the natural lights in the final session of play. Sunset in Adelaide is at 8.10pm.
Cricket boards around the world have been trying to protect it ever-since the introduction of T20 format. Cricket is fast paced now and there is an urgent need to adapt to the current era. With declining audience in Test cricket, the two Cricket boards have come together to address the issue “by playing the sport at times more convenient to the attending supporters and television viewers, with more of the play after work and school hours,” quotes the Guardian.
Yellow and orange balls have been tested earlier, but the pink ball seems to be the most effective while playing under manufactured light. According to sources, pink is considered to be “the best color for visibility in daylight, dusk and under floodlights against different backdrops.”
The Pink Ball’s ability to swing freely will make the final session of play more interesting. The first two sessions of play have always been hard for Batsmen in a test match but the pink ball might be more problematic for the Batsmen as many feel that pink ball deteriorates more quickly.
There is definitely a lot at play before the test. The sport is not always about Cricket boards or players. As the game keeps evolving, it becomes more fan-friendly. New strategies and thinking will be working from opposite ends and it will be interesting to see how things unfold in the historic Test.
Date: Friday, November 27, 2015
Time: 2PM Local Time
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Live Stream: Star Sports