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Australia win test series 2-0 against New Zealand

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Australia have registered a three-wicket victory in the third and final test against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, a win that handed the home side a 2-0 series win over their local rivals.

Here are five talking points from the test match:

Day-night test matches are here to stay

The inaugural day-night test match was a huge success, both from an on-field and off-field point of view. A large point of discussion in recent times has been about the lack of evenness between bat and ball in the long form of the game. This was certainly not the case in this match.

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Along with a very non-traditional Adelaide wicket, the constant movement provided by the pink ball and the challenging conditions of night cricket meant low scores were the theme of the match. David Warner's first innings dismissal was a perfect example of how conditions weren't conducive for batsmen to dominate the match.

In comparison with how they were in both Brisbane and Perth; where a total of 11 hundreds were scored. If the nature of this match is anything to go by, we should expect plenty of edge of the seat day-night test matches as they begin to feature more prominently on the cricket calendar.

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From an off-field perspective, administrators will be encouraged by the response of fans to this new format. 123,736 supporters attended the game, a massive success considering the dwindling crowd numbers that test cricket in Australia has recently experienced. This match was hugely successful, and will no doubt become a common event in cricket across the globe.

Pink ball passes the test

Concerns over how the ball would hold up were high heading into the test match, particularly after observations in previous matches. Numerous players expressed concerns; Australian batsman Adam Voges was particularly critical, telling the ABC that it "was more green than pink by the end", after participating in the Prime Minister XI's loss to New Zealand at the start of the Kiwis' tour.

However there were no issues in this game, as the ball was still more than visible right up until the last over of the match. The fact that Trent Boult and Tim Southee still managed to hoop the ball around in the last session of the game highlighted the durability of the pink Kookaburras.

Further planning of day-night tests will be made with peace of mind that the balls will be of suitable condition throughout the entirety of the match.

Kiwis have found a future star

There were many encouraging signs for New Zealand to take away from this series; one of the brightest is the promising debut of all-rounder Mitchell Santner.

The 23-year-old was impressive, with a total of 76 runs and two wickets in his first match.Both innings featured classy stroke play, including a lovely drive through point in his very first ball of test cricket.

Such confidence was again evident in the final innings of the match, where he bounced back from grassing a Steve Smith skyer to take the wicket of Mitchell Marsh, just one delivery after the West Australian hit a six directly over his head. Santner will no doubt prove to be a key player for New Zealand over a long period.

DRS farce

The entire process of Nathan Lyon's survival from a New Zealand review in the first session of day two will prove to be a topic of debate throughout the rest of the Australian summer. From a decision point of view, third umpire Nigel Llong's choice to ignore a clear hotspot on Lyon's bat has largely dented the perceived credibility of this part of the DRS system.

His statement that the 'white spot on the bat could have come from anything' could potentially now act as a precedent for challenging decisions of similar nature in the future, placing severe pressure on both the system and all TV umpires.

A further issue of this process was the length of time it took for a decision to be made. Numerous replays were viewed in an attempt to make a decision, which only caused more confusion and deliberation about the final verdict.

Discussion on ABC radio then became centered on potentially introducing a timer on decisions, forcing decisions to be made in a more rapid motion. While this isn't ideal, further events like this in the future will create more pressure on the ICC to consider taking action, to ensure the DRS doesn't hinder both the momentum of the game and the viewing experience of spectators.

Shaun Marsh belongs in the test arena

After running himself out in embarrassing fashion in his first dig, Marsh played a vital knock in the second innings to prove his worth as a test cricketer. Great pressure was placed on Marsh heading into the game, as many argued that state teammates Michael Klinger and Cameron Bancroft both justified selection ahead of the left-hander, based on their form over the last year and a half for Western Australia.

However, the decision to give Marsh the nod was more than justified by his 49 in Australia's chase of 187. After entering the crease with 121 runs still needed, Marsh survived an early LBW shout to play a composed innings that would ultimately prove vital.

In front of his father and former test player Geoff, Marsh left the ball well, played to his strengths and proved to all doubters that he has the game to succeed at the elite level. This included numerous textbook drives down the ground and elegant strokes off his legs, proving his pure technique to be more than adequate against the swinging ball.

He will now look to continue his good form and make a large score in the first test against the West Indies, beginning next Thursday in Hobart, to look to cement his place in the team.

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