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Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Aussies Confirms Format After India Rejects Day-Night Test

Aussies Confirms Format After India Rejects Day-Night Test

A day after BCCI officially informed Cricket Australia that India will not be consenting to play any Day-Night Test against Australia during their tour Down Under at the end of this year, CA said that the first Test between the two teams in Adelaide starting from December 6 will not be a pink-ball affair.

"We can confirm that we have received advice from the BCCI that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed Day-Night Test in Adelaide this summer", a CA spokesperson was quoted as saying. "Yes, it's pretty clear that we are not playing a day-night Test in Australia, no doubt about it", he said.

The venue has hosted pink-ball Test cricket for the past three seasons.

The moves comes after the BCCI made a determination that their side would benefit from more time before submitting to a pink ball Test and all the natural variations and differences inherent in the differing ball.

It stops a run of three day-night Tests at the ground over the past three summers against New Zealand, South Africa and England.

Last week, Sutherland had told a radio station in Australia that India's reluctance to play the pink ball Test was primarily due to their urge to win the series. What are thriving are the "popular" shorter versions of cricket - their detractors consider them a different sport - such as the one-day game and Twenty20.

The decision is expected to impact the overall attendance and comes as a major blow to the South Australian Cricket Association, who are bracing for a financial loss.

They are reluctant and scared to give the hosts any advantage as they seek a first Test series win in Australia.

According to thehindu.com, acting secretary of the BCCI Amitabh Choudhary reportedly contacted Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland via email to inform him of India's position.

"I think everyone in world cricket knows that, to be frank, I think (India) want to come out here and beat us", Sutherland told Australia's SEN Radio in early May.

Mr Sutherland said Australia would still play a day-night Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane in January.

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