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CRICKET: Australia to stage floodlight Test matches played with a pink ball

Published:Friday | August 30, 2013 | 8:55 AM

Day-night Test matches could be played in Australia in two years' time.

Cricket Australia has announced plans to stage a round of floodlit first-class Sheffield Shield matches, using a pink ball, this season.

South Australia, Queensland and Victoria will host the trial games.

If they are successful, a floodlit Test could be played as soon as 2015-16.

Cricket Australia spokesman James Sutherland says the matches are the first serious effort to make day-night Test cricket a reality.

The commercial success of Twenty20 cricket, typically played during the evening, has led some to question whether the five-day game needs to adapt.

Sutherland thinks cricket cannot afford to have its prime events played while most supporters are at work.


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