According to reports in Sydney Morning Herald, England and Wales Cricket board have agreed to play a day-night test during the Ashes next year. Australia have played two day-night tests so far, one against New Zealand last year and another against South Africa last month.
The day-night matches which have been played down under have been welcomed with open hands by the fans, who flocked to the Adelaide Oval to witness history being made. Australia are alo scheduled to play a pink ball test against Pakistan, however, this will be the first occasion that a day-night test won’t b played in Adelaide, but at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Cricket Australia has not announced their test schedule for 2017-18, but according to the provisional itinerary, Brisbane will be hosting the first test when England visit Australia for the Ashes. The teams will then face each other at the Adelaide Oval, followed by a match at the WACA in Perth.
The Ashes schedule is believed to be announced before the day-night test between Australia and Pakistan commences. While both the captains, Alastair Cook and Steve Smith had earlier opined that they would want the Ashes to be played in the traditional manner only, and not in a day-night format, it looks clear that there will be at least one pink-ball test in the series.
Notably, the Three Lions will be playing a day-night test against the West Indies in August at Edgbaston. CA chief James Sutherland, basing his opinions on the fact that England will be playing a day-night test before visiting Australia said, “I think the indications are with (England]) having a Test match in Birmingham under day-night conditions, that’s a sign they are clearly thinking there could be day-night Test cricket bobbing up in parts of the world when they have away tours.”