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Day-night Tests on the agenda of New Zealand Cricket

Day-Night Tests on the agenda of New Zealand Cricket
New Zealand Cricket is considering the idea of hosting day-night Test matches in New Zealand.
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Head of Cricket Operations for New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Lindsay Crocker admitted that the board is considering the idea of hosting day-night games in the longer format based on the outcome of the Adelaide Test of the 2015 Trans-Tasman Trophy.

The third Test match of the 2015 Trans-Tasman Trophy will be a day-night fixture that will be played with a pink ball.

The day-night format for the Test matches is seen as a move to generate more interest in the longer format of the game.

Crocker believed that if the Adelaide match ends successful, it will prompt NZC to try out something similar in the future.

"There's a whole range of things we need to look at.

"I don't think the idea of a day-night Test (in New Zealand) has ever been a dead duck.

"It will be an interesting exercise to see if there is any differences with the pink ball.

"If the Adelaide match is successful, then potentially who knows?

“It may be something we try down the track." 

 The day-night Test matches will depend a lot on the playing conditions and Crocker wants to see the feasibility of conducting such an experiment in New Zealand.

"Adelaide escalates it a wee bit, so we'll learn from that.

“If it's successful, why wouldn't we look at it as a potential option?

"But it's wrong to say we've got a match earmarked for a future day-night Test.

“We're just trying to bring everything together to see whether it's possible for us as well." 

There have been debates on using the pink ball, as New Zealand players expressed their concerns over it in the past.

Mike Hesson, the coach of New Zealand was of the notion that the pink ball was not as durable as the red ball, but is better than the white ball used for the limited overs fixtures.

“(The pink ball) is very much in between a white one and red one.

“A white ball does not last more than 30 overs really, in terms of keeping its colour, and it gets really soft.

“They (Kookaburra) have apparently worked pretty hard to make sure the pink ball does not do the same.

“There has been talk of the ball getting really soft.

“It certainly does not buff up as well as the red ball.” 

New Zealand will have practice sessions with the pink ball in early October in Hamilton while they will also play a One-Day game against the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra on 23rd October.

Ahead of the first ever day-night Test in Adelaide in late November, New Zealand will play a two-day practice match with the pink ball.

New Zealand fast-bowler Trent Boult feels that these practice games will be crucial for New Zealand to be well prepared for the day-night Test match. 

“Those games are crucial for our preparation as we see how the pink ball reacts in different conditions and we get used to bowling, batting and fielding with it,” said Boult.

“We need to embrace it, and be as prepared as we can be.” 

 The 2015 Trans-Tasman Trophy will be the first time Australia and New Zealand will be facing off each other in Test cricket since December 2011.

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