India’s Resistance to Day-Night Test Keeps Australia Waiting
By P - Apr 10, 2018 10:26 am
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India’s refusal to commit to playing a day-night Test at Adelaide in the upcoming Australia tour in late 2018 is keeping Cricket Australia on its toes. The Australian cricket board is hopeful that BCCI will play along and the annual Day-night fixture at Adelaide will take place as planned. It is yet to declare the complete tour plan in the anticipation of same.

Day-Night Test at Adelaide (Photo: Getty Images)

Test cricket has a history of 140 years. The game has continuously evolved over the course of time and absorbed newer and newer innovations to the keep up with the pace. On 27th November 2015, Test cricket underwent one of the most major changes in a aid to popularise the game. Australia and New Zealand played out the first ever day-night Test at Adelaide in which Australia emerged victorious.

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Since 2015, Australia has played four Day-night Tests, all on Australian soil. They have won every match with a comfortable margin. In three matches at Adelaide, they have defeated New Zealand, South Africa, and England. In one match played at the Gabba, Brisbane, Aussies defeated Pakistan.

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India on the other hand, is the only major Test-playing nation that is yet to play in a Day-night Test. In the international circuit, India and Bangladesh are two who are still to play under lights. Indian cricket board had planned for a similar fixture in India in October but the weather conditions may turn the action one-sided.

Australia is the only Test-playing nation where India is yet to win a Test series. With David Warner and Steve Smith out of contention, this might be India’s best chance of winning down under. Playing a day-night Test in Adelaide may hand Australia the advantage of conditions. Perhaps, this is also is a contributing factor to India’s resistance.