Five reasons why day-night test matches can be a huge success

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New Zealand Cricket has agreed to play a day-night Test match against Australia as part of a deal that will resume regular cricket between the two neighbors after a gap of four years and provide a significant financial leg-up for New Zealand. The inaugural, experimental day-night Test will be played at Adelaide Oval with a pink Kookaburra ball in the third match of the series between Australia and New Zealand, between November 27 and December 1. The match will go ahead much to the delight of the CA chief executive James Sutherland, who has championed this concept for more than seven years. However, the critics are not happy with an idea of using a pink ball as this ball loses its shine and shape in a span of less overs as compared to the red cherry. No matter who says what, the idea of a day-night Test match is good and should be taken up by other boards as well. Here are the five reason, which are enough to prove that this formula is the right way to go forward in Test match cricket.


It’s a well-known fact that Test cricket has lost its seen over the years. The attendance in the stadiums is a worrying factor for this format of the game. Apart from the Ashes, there is hardly any series, which attracts viewers in large number. The main reason behind this is the timing of a match. First of all, a Test match is played in the day time and that too for five days so it becomes almost impossible for the fans to mark their presence at cricket grounds. With a daynight format coming into the future, this worry could soon be a thing of the past. The cricket fanatics can complete their work schedule and head to the stadiums if every cricket board adopt this policy. This will surely save the format from dying its own natural death. It’s an idea which will soon be a reality in November and if this succeeds, the Test cricket is heading towards a new life.


The swing in Test cricket has taken a beating because of flat tracks and less friendly conditions. It is one of the best bowling technique adopted by the bowlers to trouble the best in the business. The swing is still there but has been limited to few overs in the modern cricket. However, the ball tends to swing a bit under the lights and we have already seen this in the shorter formats of the game. Ask a bowler, he will reply in yes mode when it comes to bowling under the flood lights. With Tests played under floodlights, the way the captains marshal his bowling unit will be completely different, creating even more variety in the longer form. The balance which has completely shifted in favor of a batsman will again be brought to same level as far as bowlers are concerned. We could once again see some brilliant bowling spells from the bowlers in the most challenging version of the game, if this idea is adopted by every cricketing nation across the globe.


The Test cricket has been marred by the less percentage of results since the inception of the game. I know the percentage has increased over the years but it is still less as compared to the matches which ends on a level terms. The countries like Sri Lanka and West Indies are known for their rain-oriented weather phenomena and bad light has often spoiled the game with regular halting of a game. Apart from these two countries, other nations too have witnessed similar problems during the rainy season. First of all this kills the excitement of a game and secondly, the possibility of a result takes a beating. With this new beginning, the concern of bad light will be omitted from the game. During the time of a bad weather, the lights can be called into action at any point of time in the day time while there is no question about it in the evening as it will come into picture automatically.


The growing influence of T20 cricket has taken over the other formats of the game. Almost every major cricket playing nation has its own T20 league, which has further reduced the charm of a five day game. If this is not enough, there is at least one T20 match in every international tour and to follow it up, we have T20 World Cups every two years. Because of the advent of this third format, Test cricket had taken a backseat but the advent of day-night Tests are sure to get more interest from the organizers and broadcasters. Even the fans have grown tired of the influence of T20 cricket and they are looking forward to see something else but in a better way. With Test cricket coming at a different time, the will to watch this classical format could rise once again and who knows we might see TRP rising when a Test match is broadcast live. It is too early to reach at any verdict but things are looking positive for a five day game in the near future.


No matter who says what, Test cricket is still the pinnacle of the sport, which is loved by every upcoming cricketer. It is because of this format, a real caliber and skill of a player is tested. Every team wants to top the ICC Test rankings more than a win in the World Cup and other series. For any player, performance in a Test match is above shorter formats of the game. The superstar cricketers too have stated their desire to play in this format for a long duration of time. We have seen players who have bid adieu to shorter formats in order to prolong their career in a five day game. With the prospect of more positive results, increased spectatorship and financial investment, day-night Test matches could help rejuvenate cricket at all levels of the sport.

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