Melbourne - England will be unlikely to stage a day-night Ashes
Test match when Australia tour in 2019, England and Wales Cricket Board chief
executive Tom Harrison said on Wednesday.
Harrison said England did not need a pink-ball Test in their
home Ashes schedule, although Australia has already staged four day-night Tests
in recent years.
The two countries played the first day-night Test against
each other in the second match of the current series at Adelaide Oval earlier
A further two day-night Tests - against India and Sri Lanka
- are likely to be staged in the 2018-2019 season.
"It's to be decided, but it's unlikely, to be
honest," Harrison told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation during the
fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.
"I think we've got a format that works brilliantly well
for us in Ashes cricket in the UK.
"Right time, right place, right conditions are the
rules for day-night Test cricket. I think we'll wait and see, but it's unlikely
I would say."
Cricket Australia counterpart James Sutherland said he was
comfortable with the ECB's decision, if it materialised.
"We're obviously great advocates of it, we've seen the
success of it here but Tom knows his conditions better," Sutherland said.