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Posted 27 November 2015 - 09:40 AM

Pink leather and bright lights. The colour and the concept are creating a stir in cricket circles on the eve of the sport’s first day-night test match.
 
Australia will host New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in a match which starts Friday afternoon and is set to span five days and nights.
 
It’s a real departure from tradition, with the relatively untested pink leather ball replacing the standard-issue red for the first time in a format that dates back to the 1870s. “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,” Australia captain Steve Smith said. “And that’s really exciting for world cricket.”
 
World Series Cricket, established by Australian media baron Kerry Packer in the late 1970s, revolutionised the game when it threatened to go stale, using the one-day format, a white ball and coloured uniforms, and playing under lights for the first time. Playing under lights has taken almost four decades to catch on, however, for the longest form of cricket.
 
The uniforms will remain white for the Adelaide test which is one reason why the white ball used in limited-overs matches is not a viable option for the test but the session breaks for lunch, once treated as the immovable feast, and tea will change. Play will start at 2 p.m. local time, instead of late morning, and tea will be held after the first session instead of the second, with dinner scheduled between the second and third sessions.
 
Curators have left a green tinge on the usually dirt-dry Adelaide Oval pitch, too, expecting to give the bowlers some assistance in a series that has been dominated by the bat. Australia won the opening test at Brisbane by 208 runs and the second test in Perth ended in a high-scoring draw, so the series is still alive.
 
Organisers are expecting a crowd of around 40,000 on Friday, more than double the size of the crowd the last time these two teams played a test in Adelaide, and significantly more than the opening days of the first two tests.
 
“People are voting with their feet and they are encouraged by what the pink ball test has to offer,” New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said. “For us to play in front of 40,000 people in a test match is pretty amazing.
 
“Hopefully it goes off brilliantly, there are 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 ... something that is outstanding for the game moving forward.”
 
Much of the focus in the build-up to the Test has been on the pink ball which has been used rarely in Australian first-class matches and which New Zealand has used only in practice games.
 
Critics say it won’t be durable enough to last 80 overs because of colour deterioration as it gets scuffed and the white seam will make it difficult for batsmen because of a lack of contrast. There’s also the question of whether the ball could swing considerably more during the moister, cooler evening sessions than it does during the day.
 
McCullum, who is regularly praised for his astute and unconventional tactics in limited-overs cricket and longer formats, hinted that over-rates could be slower during the day to allow bowlers more overs to work under lights, and there could be some unusual tactics with run-rates as well.
 
“One of the things that’ll come out of this ... (is) that there is going to be some different demands tactically on captains and how they try to exploit some of those opportunities,” he said. “It’s going to ask some different challenges of both Smithy and myself and our cricketing nous.”
 
While there’s an emphasis on the new playing conditions, the test will start on a sombre note to mark the one-year anniversary of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes’ death. He was struck by a basll under the back of his batting helmet while playing in a match in Sydney and died two days later.
 
“Obviously, it was a pretty difficult time for us all coming here last year just after the horrible incident,” Smith said. “I think for us now a year on we still have Hughesy in the back of minds every time we walk out on the field. We are going to do our best to play with a smile on our face and hopefully play well for Hughesy.”


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 09:41 AM

Cricket Australia have scheduled a video tribute to celebrate the memory of the late Phil Hughes at the Adelaide Oval, the venue where Australia took the field for the first time after his death. The video will be played on the giant screen at 4:08 PM local, which will be during the tea break. 408 - Hughes's baggy green number. Remember, last summer where Virat Kohli nearly steered India to what looked like an impossible win. Lest we forget David Andrew Warner's twin tons in that game.

New Zealand have won the toss and have opted to bat

We are moments away from the toss and the teams. Stay tuned guys.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW IT YET - The session breaks have been interchanged for this game. That means: First session - 14:00 - 16:00 local. Tea break - 16:00 - 16:20. Post-tea session - 16:20 - 18:20. Dinner break: 18:20 - 19:00. Final session: 19:00 - 21:00 local.

 

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 09:41 AM

Guptill and Latham are at the crease. Guptill is on strike. Starc will open the attack

Right then, the Adelaide Oval is full and so is the excitement in the players. Mitchell Starc will deliver the first ball of the day-night Test match and it will be Guptill's willow which will taste the pink leather, 3 slips in place. Off we go...



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 09:42 AM

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Starc to Guptill, 1 run, first runs in the day night Test match will be marked against Martin Guptill's name. He dabs this good length delivery towards point and is off the mark with a single



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 09:42 AM

3.2

Hazlewood to Guptill, out Lbw!! OUT says umpire Richard Illingworth and see you later moment for Guptill. The first wicket off the pink leather is now proudly owned by Josh Hazlewood and he is jumping in joy at the Adelaide Oval. Bowls the full delivery that curls back in on off and middle, Guptill was looking to drive, but misses it completely as the ball sneaks past the inside edge. Pings him in line with off and middle on the back leg and up goes the finger. Guptill had a brief chat with his partner before trudging back but Latham would've said - Not this time mate! Guptill lbw b Hazlewood 1(9)



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 09:56 AM

10.4

Lyon to Latham, FOUR, tosses this one up invitingly outside off, Latham doesn't want Lyon to settle in. Skips out and lofts it over the man at mid-on, good use of the feet and timing was the key which Latham executed to perfection



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 09:58 AM

 
NZ 43/1 (13.0 Ovs)CRR: 3.31
Day 1: 1st Session - New Zealand opt to bat


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 10:21 AM

15.6

Siddle to Latham, FOURglorious shot! Siddle bowls this a bit too full just outside off, Latham leans forward and push-drives it through extra cover, got it right off the middle of the bat and it races away to the fence



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 10:31 AM

20.6

Lyon to Latham, FOUR, finally Latham threads the gap through the cover region. This was pushed through flatter outside off, Latham comes half-forward and plays a punchy drive through the extra cover region, the fielder gives chase only to come second



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 10:35 AM

NZ 55/1 (22.0 Ovs)CRR: 2.5
Day 1: 1st Session - New Zealand opt to bat


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 10:43 AM

23.4

Starc to Williamson, out Lbw!! A huge wicket for the Australians as Starc gets rewarded for his peristence. Another inswinging yorker length delivery on off stump line,Williamson lbw b Starc 22(58) [4s-2]

Starc to Williamson, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 10:58 AM

26.5

Hazlewood to Ross Taylor, FOUR, Hazlewood offers some width this time around, Taylor latches onto it in a flash. He slashes hard, sends it past the man at backward point, races away to the fence in no time



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 10:59 AM

 
NZ 76/2 (27.1 Ovs)CRR: 2.8
Day 1: 1st Session - New Zealand opt to bat


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 11:01 AM

27.4

Lyon to Latham, FOUR, Latham brings up his fifty with this boundary. Another one that's dragged short outside off, Latham rocks back, waits for the ball to arrive and cuts it late past backward point for a boundary



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 11:07 AM

So, the first session in first-ever day-night Test is done and dusted now. The excitement is settling down and it is so good to see such a big crowd at the Adelaide Oval. It has been a mixed session for both the teams. Guptill once again failed at the beginning of the innings and it was the pair of Latham and Williamson that made sure that the Kiwis don't lose any more wickets in the first hour. The Black Caps would have been the happier side had Williamson stayed unbeaten, but a good second spell from Starc saw him snaffle the crucial wicket with anothet toe-crunching inswinging yorker.






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