Adelaide, June 8: Cricket South Africa (CSA) have today (June 8) confirmed their participation in the third Commonwealth Bank Day-Night Test scheduled for Adelaide from 24 November 2016, Cricket Australia (CA) announced.
This will mark another historic 2016-17 summer with Australia hosting two Commonwealth Bank Day-Night Tests, the second being in Brisbane against Pakistan from 15 December. The pink-ball Test in November will only be the second such game in history. Australia and New Zealand played the first in November last year.
CA CEO, James Sutherland thanked Cricket South Africa for their support and is looking forward to a big summer of cricket ahead. (India to play day-night Test)
"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," Sutherland said. (Warner raises concerns)
"Nearly 124,000 people attended the inaugural day-night Test match in Adelaide last year 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. This announcement will further fuel the excitement about what promises to be a fascinating series between formidable rivals.
"I would like to acknowledge the open manner in which Cricket South Africa and the South African Cricketers Association have worked through this matter with us. We look forward to welcoming the South African players to Australia in late October and offering them the best possible preparation ahead of the series. We know everyone involved will relish the challenge and fully expect the Test match will be a memorable occasion," Sutherland said.
The Proteas are scheduled to arrive in Australia in mid-October and will proceed immediately to Adelaide to play a two-day tour match under lights as part of their preparations. An additional two-day warm-up match under lights prior to the third test is also scheduled, giving the players a further opportunity to acclimatise to the pink ball.
CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat said: "Following careful consideration and engagement with all our Test players, and recognising the need to exploit the potential of playing day-night Test cricket, I am pleased to announce that we have agreed with Cricket Australia to proceed with this fixture. ('Day-night Test a huge success')
"Our Proteas were initially hesitant to play such a key Test match without previous experience and adequate preparation but after working through all their concerns and possible options to prepare sufficiently, there is newfound excitement for this novel Test match. Our players deserve credit for the way they have worked through the issues which were clearly not insignificant.
"I want to express appreciation to my counterpart, James Sutherland, for his understanding of the issues and willingness to accede to our requests for adequate preparation as well as to the South African Cricketers Association for their support and assistance in working through the issues," said Lorgat.