Lights go on for Bupa Sheffield Shield

Australian cricket will take an important step forward in its efforts towards making day-night Test cricket a reality next week with round nine of the Bupa Sheffield Shield to be played under lights.

The day-night matches in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne will be played with pink balls and if successful will result in more matches being scheduled next season to further trial playing conditions and equipment. CA’s ultimate aim is to hold a day-night Test match in Australia in 2015-16.

“We’re serious about day-night Test cricket and next week’s trials will play an important role in making that happen. Cricket needs to try and find a way to schedule the premium form of the game at a time when the most number of fans are able to attend and watch,” CA CEO James Sutherland said.

“There are no guarantees out of next week, but in the interests of growing the game in the long term, not just in Australia but around the world, we’ve taken a leadership role to try and overcome some of the hurdles currently standing in the way of staging day-night Test cricket.

“We know there are obstacles, namely the durability of the coloured ball and dew on the ground. However, without conducting trials in serious first-class competition, we won’t know how far away we are. That’s why next week’s matches are an important advancement in our plans.

“The matches will provide us with a lot feedback that we’ll need to consider. We’re comfortable with that and will approach any challenges in a positive way to keep this concept moving forward.

“Each Shield team will be in the same position next week. The states that make the Shield final are the most consistent across the whole season, not just one round of matches, so we’re comfortable the competition will not be compromised by the day-night round.

“We want Test cricket to remain the number one form of the game in the long term. We believe day-night Test cricket can play an important part in that.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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