South Australian cricket fans will be the first to witness history this summer when Adelaide Oval hosts a world-first day-night Test match from 27 November – 1 December.
Australia will take on New Zealand under lights at Adelaide Oval in the third match of the Commonwealth Bank Test Series.
South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Chief Executive, Keith Bradshaw said today he was excited about the opportunity for South Australian cricket fans and SACA Members.
“This match will be a groundbreaking world-first Test match – a chance for the eyes of the world to be on Adelaide Oval and for South Australia to lead the way,” Bradshaw said.
“We believe our fans and members will embrace the opportunity to see this world-first match at Adelaide Oval.
“Already South Australians are the highest per capita attendance at Test cricket, we believe this fixture will take that to a whole new level; it will be absolutely outstanding.”
Starting on Friday, 27 November the historic clash between two traditional sporting rivals is likely to draw record crowds at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval.
Bradshaw believes the fixture will provide greater access to Test cricket for fans, particularly during the non-holiday period.
“The challenge has always been to make Test cricket more accessible to our fans and this match will allow the South Australian public to come after school and work,” Bradshaw said.
Adelaide Oval has hosted two day-night Sheffield Shield fixtures during the past two summers and Bradshaw is confident that the pink-ball has been developed to Test match standard.
“I think what is really important to cricket fans around the world is that we respect and preserve the integrity of the balance between bat and ball. All indications from the trial we had last year were that the pink ball has matured and it is technologically advanced now,” Bradshaw said.
“We are very confident that the nature and manner in which the game is played will reflect a traditional Test match.”
Article courtesy SACA.