Sydney - England's next Ashes series in
Australia may have a day-night Test match, Cricket Australia chief James
Sutherland said on Monday.
Sutherland said his organisation was
negotiating with Pakistan and South Africa about the possibility of staging
day-night Tests on their touring schedules later this year.
He also floated the prospect of hosting an
Ashes day-night Test in 2017-18 amid high interest in the concept following
November's first pink-ball Test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide.
"It is certainly on the radar. We
haven't had any formal conversations with the ECB (England and Wales Cricket
Board)," Sutherland told ABC Radio during the third Australia-West Indies
Test in Sydney.
"With the success of the Adelaide Test
match this year, the anticipation is that we will have at least one day-night
Test (in 2016).
"It seems like it would be a natural
progression for there to be an Ashes day-night Test match in 2017-18."
The historic Adelaide match attracted a
total attendance of 123,736 fans over three lively days. The opening day gate
of 47 441 was the biggest at the Adelaide Test since the famous 1932-33
Sutherland said there will be further
meetings with Pakistan and South Africa representatives later this month.
"We'll have meetings in Dubai (in
January) with a lot of the chief executives and certainly will be talking to
counterparts at Pakistan and South Africa," Sutherland said.
"They definitely know it (day-night
Tests) will be on the agenda.
"The right place, right time and right
conditions - we're going to see more Test cricket played in the evening."