Australia eye day-night Test against India at Adelaide

Australia eye day-night Test against India at Adelaide

Earlier in February, Chaudhary was pulled up by the CoA for initiating a proposal for the day-night Test against the West Indies without consulting the latter and the stakeholders of Indian cricket.

For the past three years, Adelaide has hosted a day-night Test. CA did not declare the match timings for India's opening Test, taking a similar approach as they did against South Africa in 2016, where the timings were announced almost two months after confirmation of the dates.

Worldwide cricket will run from September to February this summer in a significantly revamped schedule that will include visits from South Africa, India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. If so, it would help prepare them for a pink-ball clash on Australian soil.

"The CoA spoke to Ravi Shastri on April 12 and Shastri categorically mentioned that he has consulted with the team and the team is not ready to play pink-ball cricket just now".

There were chances of India playing historic pink ball match twice in the coming season; first against Windies at home followed by a Test against Australia.

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The Indian team management are also unwilling to experiment with the new format as they have their sights set firmly on the World Cup in 2019.

Cricket Australia confirmed on Monday that Adelaide Oval will be the venue for the series-opening test against India but has yet to strike an agreement with the Indian board (BCCI) on staging the match under lights.

India will begin their Australia tour with a three-match T20 series from November 21 to 25, and then play four Tests in Adelaide (December 6-10), Perth (December 14-18), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7).

However, CA chief executive James Sutherland told journalists in Australia that their attempts to convince the BCCI are still on.

The two-Test tour against Sri Lanka concludes at Manuka Oval in Canberra in a match to be staged from February 1 to 5.

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The hosts will also play India in three ODIs in January.

Australia, incidentally, will play a day-night Test against Sri Lanka at the Gabba from January 24-28 next year.

"The Gabba was that once and I'm sure it will be again. there's nothing to say that in the future the first test of an Ashes series won't continue to be at the Gabba".

The move is being seen as a further slide down Australia's cricket stadium.

The newly built Perth stadium will also make its debut when India and Australia face-off in second test match of the series.

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