Day-night Ashes Test yet to be finalised

Day-night Ashes Test yet to be finalised
England have won last four out of the five Ashes series.
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Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday has confirmed that they are in touch with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to discuss the prospect of a day-night Test in the upcoming Ashes series.

England will be heading to Australia in November 2017 for the high voltage clash and reports from local media stated that the ECB had already accepted to the CA's proposal of a day-night fixture in the tournament.

However, a CA spokesperson denied the reports and further added that the discussions are in place to decide on the schedule of the tour. He also admitted that day-night Test was also among the agenda in the discussion.

"Ongoing scheduling of day-night tests in the Australian summer is a natural progression," the spokesman said.

"The Ashes is a great contest and attracts huge audiences both at the ground and on television, but nothing has yet been confirmed for next summer."

Australia have already hosted two day-night Tests in Adelaide against New Zealand and South Africa and it proved to be a commercial success while England are set to host their first ever day-night fixture against West Indies in August 2017.

Earlier, Australian captain Steven Smith and England skipper Alastair Cook expressed their reservation of playing a day-night Ashes Test but CA chief executive James Sutherland asserted that the floodlit matches are the way forward.

"The scheduling of day-night tests has been driven by a desire to make test cricket more accessible, so it is wonderful to see the format resonate with so many of our fans," Sutherland said after the South Africa game ended on Sunday.

Following the game against South Africa, Smith expressed satisfaction over the conditions and the durability of the pink ball which was one of the primary concern in the inaugural game against New Zealand.

"I've always said we need to get the product as right as we can and the ball in as good a shape as we can and I think they've made some good improvements with that," Smith told Australian Associated Press.

"This year's game was outstanding. Slightly less grass than the year before and it was almost the perfect test wicket. There was enough in it for everyone; both bat, ball, the ball spun.

"I think it's certainly here to stay."

Australia will play another day-night fixture against Pakistan in Brisbane in their upcoming campaign in December.

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