Adelaide - Rival captains Steve Smith and
Brendon McCullum said on Thursday they were excited about what the first-ever
day-night Test could mean for the future of cricket.
Big crowds will be thronging Adelaide Oval
for Friday's pink-ball third Test between Australia and New Zealand, with the
cricket world watching the first day-night match in 138 years of Tests with
Just like the advent of one-day
internationals in the 1970s and the glitzy Twenty20 format in the last decade, Test cricket stands on the threshold of a game-changer and both skippers are
keen to buy into the concept.
"People are voting with their feet and
they are encouraged by what the pink ball Test has to offer and for us to play
in front of 40 000 people in a Test match is pretty amazing," New Zealand
skipper McCullum told reporters.
"So we're really excited about it and
hopefully it goes off brilliantly, with no challenges and no problems.
"If we have the final session on the
fifth day under lights and the test match result is in the balance then it
could be anything for test cricket. It could be something that is outstanding
for the game moving forward."
Smith, whose Australia team lead the
three-Test series 1-0, was also upbeat about creating something new and
exciting for the traditional form of the international game.
"We are creating history playing in
the first day-night Test, so I'm sure a lot of people are going to be watching
around the world and that's really exciting for world cricket," he said.
"I think it's a really exciting
concept. I can't wait to get out and give it a crack. I think the crowds have
rolled in. Obviously, the first two tests were a bit disappointing in terms of
"There's some big numbers expected for
at least the first three days here. So I think it’s really exciting for us
Ticket sales have been brisk, with a
first-day crowd of up to 40 000 expected – compared with 16 000 the last time
the two sides met in Adelaide in 2008.
McCullum played down the mystery of batting
against the specially-designed pink ball under lights, with expectations of it
swinging more in the evening conditions.
Sunset is not until 20:00 local time so
both teams will only be under the glare of the floodlights for up to
one-and-a-half hours each day of the match.
"There are a few unknowns, but the
guys who batted against the new ball the other night said it was challenging but
it was not unplayable," McCullum said.
"I think there is a lot being made
that it is almost unplayable under lights, but I think it is just a bit more
challenging during those times.
"It doesn't mean you can't get runs,
doesn't mean you can't survive and ensure that you're there to bat the next day
when the conditions will be easier.
"It is a quirk of this test match and
of the game but there are some good players on show and I'm sure they will be
able to negotiate those challenges."
McCullum said he was intrigued by the
unforeseen challenges he could face during the historic contest.
"No one knows at the moment, that's
one of the things that'll come out of this day-night Test," he said.
"There is going to be some different
demands tactically on captains and how they try to exploit some of those