South Africa join the club: Proteas confirm day-night Test vs Australia later this year

PTI, Jun, 08 2016

Mumbai: Australia will clash against South Africa in a day-night Test match, the third of the series, at Adelaide in November, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Wednesday.

"Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to announce that the third Test against Australia in Adelaide, starting on 24 November 2016, will be a day-night fixture," said a CSA media release.

"Following careful consideration and engagement with all our Test players, and acknowledging the need to exploit the potential of playing day-night Test match cricket, I am pleased to announce that we have agreed with Cricket Australia to proceed with this fixture," CSA's Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.

Representational photo. Getty Images

Representational photo. Getty Images

James Sutherland, the Chief Executive for Cricket Australia (CA), welcomed the development.

"Cricket fans will be delighted to hear the news that the third match of the Test series against South Africa will be played as a day-night match, particularly those planning to attend Adelaide Oval," the CSA release quoted Sutherland.

"Nearly 124,000 people attended the inaugural day-night Test match in Adelaide last year (Australia vs New Zealand) and there has been great anticipation about future day-night Tests since. It's wonderful that the next one in Australia will be against South Africa," he added.

"As players, we are really happy to have grown our confidence to play a day-night Test match in a positive way," commented Proteas' captain, AB de Villiers.

De Villiers said the match would be a landmark event for his team.

"We were never against this exciting concept, but only wanted to give ourselves the best opportunity of competing in conditions that will be new and foreign to us. Two warm-up matches will hopefully give us an idea of what to expect and hopefully our preparations will help us to adapt accordingly," he said.

"This will be the first time that our players in the Test squad will play pink ball Test match cricket in front of such a large crowd and to be part of this novel concept will no doubt be a landmark moment in all of our careers," he added.

Published Date: Jun 08, 2016 | Updated Date: Jun 08, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
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