Posted November 28, 2015 22:59:30

Adelaide Oval under lights Photo: Nearly 90,000 attended the initial two days of the day-evening Test played below lights at Adelaide Oval. (Getty Pictures: Cameron Spencer)

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has signalled day-night Test matches are set to continue subsequent summer following the early accomplishment of the match below lights at Adelaide Oval.

There have been sighs of relief in Cricket Australia’s halls of power following the day-night format and the pink ball had been each nicely received in Adelaide and about the planet.

Virtually 90,000 fans have passed by means of the Adelaide Oval gates over the very first two days for a taste of day-evening Test cricket.

“I was possibly a lot more nervous ahead of a Test Match than I have been for a long time,” admitted Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland when speaking to Grandstand ahead of the second day’s play.

“Naturally it is about access for fans and I consider we saw that, 47,000 is far more folks than have ever come to the Adelaide Oval for cricket in the modern day age since Bodyline. So that’s a glowing endorsement.”

“[We’ve had] great feedback. Messages coming saying it was a wonderful innovation, it will be excellent for the game, and effectively accomplished on what has happened.

“But I consider also, our media guys inform me that some of the media coverage around the globe has been glowing.”

Remarkably for a conversation in cricket, there was extremely tiny dissent. Absolutely nothing from the 1st day gave grounds for it. Issues that the different ball and the different ground situations would affect the integrity of the contest have been allayed.

“I guess that’s the element of caution that I have,” Sutherland stated.

“We do need to have to make positive we get the circumstances proper for it. But in this day and age you like to believe that curators can get that correct and we are sophisticated adequate to be in a position to do it.”

That was the case at Adelaide, with the nicely-grassed pitch and square not only generating certain the ball stayed in exceptional condition via the complete duration of each and every innings, but that the match was considerably much more of a contest between bat and ball than either daytime Test at Brisbane or Perth.

Sutherland confirmed that the good results so far had all but ensured we will see a lot more pink-ball contests next summer, possibly a single apiece against South Africa and Pakistan, with a broadening of the venues utilised.

“Zakir Khan, 1 of [the Pakistan Cricket Board] operating managers, was right here yesterday, which was good. They are touring next year, and we are really keen on continuing this. [Depending on the] proper spot, right time, appropriate circumstances, I believe it would be a genuinely great good, and I consider the fans are calling out for it.”

“The Gabba is surely a very good option. I realize they’ve upgraded their lights, during the course of this winter. I would have believed a balmy Queensland evening at this time of year would be a genuinely excellent place to be watching the cricket.”

As for regardless of whether Adelaide would ever see another daytime Test: “I have not looked that far ahead, I’ve got to say.”

“The fans will rule that, but that is visiting countries as well. We want to get the approval of the visiting nations, and England, India and other nations might be more conservative on this.”

As Adelaide has proved in its test-case capacity, there is nothing at all like present good results to aid conservatism fall by the wayside. A day-night Ashes Test, with the final session beamed reside into the United Kingdom come breakfast time, may be the next major talking point on the pink-ball agenda.

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