Cricket Australia is thrilled with the overwhelming response to the first ever Day and Test match between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide and featuring for the first time the use of pink ball in the Test cricket. Buoyed by the response it said they will schedule more day-night Test matches in the future.
A total attendance of 123,736 fans over three days at Adelaide Oval along with 3.19 million prime-time viewers watching free-to-air television coverage on the final day confirmed the strong acceptance of the day-night Test played with a pink ball, CA chief executive James Sutherland said.
“At Cricket Australia we are about putting fans first so we are delighted that so many have embraced the day-night Test concept,” he said. “We are constantly striving to give cricket fans what they want and as such, with the endorsement of visiting countries, we will seek to schedule more day-night Tests.
“The experience in Adelaide last weekend demonstrates the huge potential the day-night format has in revitalising Test cricket all over the world.” Sutherland has spoken of plans to schedule day-night Tests when South Africa and Pakistan tour here late next year.
“I would strongly encourage other Test playing countries to enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to host their own day-night Test matches,” he added.
“We believe that having the ability to move matches into the evening provides cricket fans with greater access to the game and there is no doubt that this will help grow interest in Test cricket.” Sutherland said an independent survey conducted with fans during the Adelaide Test reinforced acceptance of the day-night concept with 85% of those questioned at the ground supporting the idea. Almost as many (81%) claimed that all Adelaide Tests should now be played under lights. This is huge thumbs up for Test cricket as it moves ahead. the start has been electric it remains to be seen how it goes on in the years ahead in other countries where cricket is played. Will they too jump into the Day and Night Tests bandwagon? Only time will tell.