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Jason Gillespie welcomes day-night Tests

Jason Gillespie welcomes day-night Tests
Jason Gillespie believes day-night Tests are the way forward in the longer format of the game.
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Former Australian bowler and current Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has come out in support of the concept of playing day-night Test matches.

The concept of day-night Tests was developed to attract more crowd to the stadiums and pour life into the longest format of the game.

The day-night Test matches will see the use of a pink ball, whose suitability has become a matter of debate among players.

Despite the ongoing debate on the pink ball, Gillespie feels that as a sport, cricket must try and be innovative to keep up with the times.

"I'm all for it,” said Gillespie to Sky Sports.

"As a sport, we have to be innovative, move with the times and continually try to evolve.

"Whether the Kookaburra pink ball is the right answer I don't know, but we won't know until we try it and I think as a sport we have to do that."

As a game, Test cricket has evolved from the days of underarm bowling and playing on uncovered pitches, but is currently facing a problem with dwindling crowd numbers.

Coming out in support of the idea, Gillespie is viewing the day-night experiment as another step forward for the Test format.

"The game of Test cricket has evolved with underarm bowling, timeless Tests, uncovered pitches and we use different balls around the world, so I see this as another evolution of our great game.

"I welcome this decision to trial day-night Tests with a pink ball because we won't know unless we try."

The first-ever day-night Test match will be played between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval between 27th November and 1st December.

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