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Ahead of the first-ever Day-night Test in the country, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket, Andrew Strauss has praised county Warwickshire. He praised Warwickshire for their role in bringing pink-ball cricket to England. Strauss said that it is a testimony to Warwickshire’s effort that they are hosting England’s first day-night Test versus West Indies at Edgbaston. This will also be the first taste of pink-ball for Joe Root and his men as opposed to West Indies, who played their first pink-ball Test against Pakistan last year.

Quoted by ECB’s official site, Strauss said, “Warwickshire have stuck their neck out right from the time this was first mentioned. They were 100% determined to hold the first day-night Test Match in this country. They have put a lot of effort and planning into this and they are highly motivated to make it a success. I’m hoping for some beautiful sunny August weather, and to see a great spectacle.” Also as a member of the ICC’s cricket committee, Strauss said, “The pink ball Test fits into a number of things we’re trying to do at the ECB – and the ICC are also supportive.”

He further said that day-night Test will keep the game alive. “The first one is to try and keep the Test match format alive and vibrant and relevant in a rapidly evolving cricket landscape. When you see the success that Australia in particular have had with their pink ball Tests, the idea of creating a great day-night spectacle in England felt like it was one worth exploring.”

England are scheduled to pay two more day-night Test in the upcoming season; New Zealand and Australia. “From my point of view, and I suppose most relevant for the England team, we have two day-night Test Matches coming up this winter. I think day-night cricket is going to be firmly on the agenda of a number of countries moving forward. So the earlier we experience that before an Ashes series the better, to be able to prepare ourselves, to understand the nuances of that pink ball, when does it swing, when does it reverse swing, etc. Those are all vitally important if we want to do ourselves justice in Adelaide,” he concluded.