The first-ever day-night Test was played between Australia and New Zealand earlier in the month © Getty Images
The first-ever day-night Test was played between Australia and New Zealand earlier in the month © Getty Images

Following the successful inaugural day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide, Cricket Australia has scheduled another day-night round for the ongoing Sheffield Shield in mid-February. The Adelaide Test earlier in the month had witnessed more than 123,000 fans in the stadium, which is easily a record for non-Ashes Test. That number was way more than the paltry crowds for the Test against West Indies last week at Bellerive Oval in Hobart as well as the Brisbane and Perth matches against the Black Caps — all played in traditional daylight hours.
Round 7 of the Sheffield Shield Championship will now happen under lights at WACA in Perth, the Gabba in Brisbane and Adelaide all hosting day-night matches starting on February 14. READ: Virat Kohli excited with day-night Test cricket

According to dnaidnia.com, Cricket Australia’s news release said, “The public’s response to the first day-night test was overwhelmingly positive and we’ve now had some time to evaluate feedback from everyone involved in the match. “These matches will be used as part of our work to keep refining the ball in close consultation with Kookaburra,” it added.

Australia and New Zealand players were not delighted with the pink ball creating more movement than the red one and they also expressed that it deteriorates more quickly. However, the enthusiasm of the supporters overlooked these concerns and another shot is being taken at the day-night matches in order to elongate the life of Test cricket. Round one of Sheffield Shield in October was also played under the lights with matches at Adelaide Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground and at Bellerive Oval. READ: Steve Waugh: Pink ball, day-night match could revive Test cricket