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Reports: India to play a day-night Test in Australia on their next tour down under

The Virat Kohli-led side played its first day-night Test against Bangladesh last year.

Virat Kohli and Tim Paine shake hands
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine shake hands. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Day-Night Tests which are played with the Pink ball have hogged the limelight over the last few years. Rather Australia have made it a part of their summer staging at least one day-night Test against the visiting teams. Almost all the top Test teams played the Test match under lights but India were always reluctant. However, with Sourav Ganguly at the helm in the BCCI, the things changed quickly and the Virat Kohli-led side played its first day-night Test against Bangladesh last year.

They thrashed the opposition rather comfortably and this is when the possibility of them playing with the pink ball in Australia opened up. And the dream could literally turn into reality as, if the recent reports are to be believed, India are set to play a day-night Test in Australia during their tour down under later this year.

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“India are most likely to play a day/night Test during the Australia tour,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying by the Times of India on Sunday.

India had denied playing day-night Test on their last tour

India had denied playing the day-night Test last time they played in Australia. They eventually went on to win the four-match series by 2-1 creating history. However, after experiencing playing with the pink ball against Bangladesh at home, the skipper Virat Kohli was effusive about facing the Aussie attack in their own conditions and had cleared that they are open to playing day-night Tests anywhere.

“We’re ready and up for the challenge – whether it’s Gabba, Perth… it doesn’t matter to us. It’s become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we’re open to playing day-night Tests,” he had said ahead of the three-match ODI series against Australia at home last month. It has also been understood that the Cricket Australia delegation met the BCCI officials during the One-Day series last month and discussed the matter.

While Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, all three venues have hosted a day-night Test, it remains to be seen which venue grabs the hosting rights of the blockbuster clash between India and Australia.

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