Pakistan to warm up for day-night Test against Australia with tour match under lights

Brisbane: Pakistan will warm up for their first day-night Test against Australia with a match under lights in the tropical city of Cairns, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

Day-night Tests are a central part of Australia's home international schedule for 2016-'17. Getty Images

Day-night Tests are a central part of Australia's home international schedule for 2016-17. Getty Images

Pakistan will play a Cricket Australia XI in Queensland's far north from 8-10 December.

The match will feature a pink ball and provide Pakistan with good practice in the lead-up to the first Test against Steve Smith's Australia at Brisbane's Gabba stadium from 15-19 December.

Day-night Tests using a pink ball are a central part of Australia's home international schedule for 2016-'17, which also includes hosting South Africa.

It will be the first international match in Cairns since the resort town hosted Tests against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2003 and 2004.

Cricket Australia head of operations Sean Cary said Cairns was an ideal venue to host the tour match.

"The lighting at Cazaly's Stadium is very good and the overall playing conditions are first class," he said.

"The pitch has had a very good reputation and we are confident it will provide a competitive environment."


Updated Date: Oct 07, 2016 12:54 PM

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