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England could play in day-night Ashes Test during 2017-18 series

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England could be playing their first ever day-night test match against Australia after Cricket Australia (CA) expressed its desire to host a day-night test as a part of the 2017/18 Ashes series down under.

"It's on the radar, but we haven't had any formal conversations with the England and Wales Cricket Board," CA chief James Sutherland told ABC Radio, as reported by the BBC.

He also added: "We're going to see more Test cricket played in the evening."

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The first ever day-night test was played last year between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide with the pink ball.

The game lasted just three days as the Aussies beat the away side by three wickets in a low-scoring contest, but the interest generated by the match was promising and gave cricket administrators a platform to promote the longer version of the game.

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Around 120,000 supporters were in attendance across the three days and more than two billion people tuned in to watch the final day’s play, so it is safe to say day-night test cricket took off in grand style.

There has also been a suggestion that a day-night test match will be played when Pakistan tour Australia later this year. This will also be a good introduction for the subcontinent teams to the new initiative.

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There has been criticism from various sections of the cricket fraternity regarding day-night test cricket. Mitchell Starc has expressed discontent towards the pink ball while Kevin Pietersen has accused the cricket administrators of ‘messing with the greatness of the game’.

With the success and popularity of the inaugural test, we may be in for more of day-night test cricket in the near future.

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