Australia optimistic about India’s participation in the Day-Night Test
India are scheduled to play four Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is in Australia.
Updated - Apr 30, 2018 6:15 pm
India will tour Australia later this year for the four-Test series which begins with the game in Adelaide on December 6. The match is scheduled to be a Day-Night fixture, however, India are apprehensive about playing the game with the pink ball, citing reasons that it will be equivalent to handing the advantage to Australia. They also haven’t given their consent for the Day-Night Test against the Windies later this year.
India are among the teams to not have played Test cricket under the lights ever since the inception of the format back in 2015 when Australia and New Zealand locked horns in Adelaide. However, despite India’s denial, Cricket Australia (CA) is still hopeful that they will be able to convince the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). James Sutherland, the Chief Executive of CA is optimistic that India will play the D/N game.
“A bumper series”- James Sutherland
“It is our preference that we play India in a day-night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks,” Sutherland was quoted as saying by the media. Apart from the Test series, India will also play three ODIs and as many T20Is.
An Indo-Australian series generates a fair amount of buzz in the cricketing fraternity. While the teams mostly dish out quality, on-field and off-field altercations also spark. Quite naturally, Sutherland has hailed the series as a highly intensified one. “The Border-Gavaskar Trophy promises to be a bumper series, and it will be headlined by the world-famous Boxing Day Test at the MCG,” he added.
India haven’t had the best of experiences on the tour down under as the hosts have dictated terms at most times. However, this time around Australia will be in for a stern challenge to hold on to their supremacy as they are a much weaker side in absence of Steve Smith and David Warner in their ranks owing to the infamous ball-tampering saga.