Michael Clarke revealed a lot of information ahead of the release of his autobiography    Getty Images
Michael Clarke revealed a lot of information ahead of the release of his autobiography Getty Images

Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke came out in support of day-night Tests with a reason of how it could boost cricket s oldest format and draw public interest as well. Clarke was worried about this new innovation in 2014 but was impressed by last year s inaugural day-night Test at Adelaide. The former skipper, who retired after the Ashes in England in 2015, mentioned that Test cricket should remain the sport s pinnacle for all the parties. He feels, pink-ball can very well make the case stronger. Clarke will be soon releasing his autobiography My Story , where he has spoken on various topics ranging from his terrible phase after Phillip Hughes death, his equation with Shane Warne, his relation his with ex-girlfriend and lot s more. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test at Dubai

He has made special mention about Test cricket and wrote, Anything that increases the appeal of and the audiences for Test cricket … any innovation that brings more people to the game, I’m all in favour of it. If that means playing more day-night Test cricket, that is good. There are many ways of improving cricket as a spectacle, and the first day-night Test match, in Adelaide in 2015 between Australia and New Zealand, offered us a glimpse of the future. It seems to me that more people were going to watch the day-night Test match because of the timing: they could do it after work or school, as reported on cricket.com.au.

Clarke further added, A lot of money has been spent marketing the T20 format. Now, I think the emphasis has to go back onto Test cricket”. There have been concerns with pink-ball as well as most of the time the players have found it unplayable. Despite all this, Peter Nevill scored 66, who remained the highest scorer for the side and Australia won the match against New Zealand by three wickets by Day Three. However, there was thrilling finish between West Indies and Pakistan on Tuesday morning as hosts recorded 56-run victory. ALSO READ: Misbah, Holder praise competitive spirit of players during day-night Test

Pakistan will also be playing a day-night Test against Australia at Gabba in December, which will once again boost Test cricket. The game was most of the time tilted towards West Indies especially with an impressive ton from Darren Bravo; however, hosts found winning ways and thwart West Indies. The surface was slightly different as that to Adelaide,despite which Pakistan opening batsman Azhar Ali had no issues with the pink-ball and secured his triple century. The pink-ball also proved fruitful for West Indies Devendra Bishoo who claimed eight wickets in an innings. However, Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz had different opinion regarding day-night Test.

Riaz said, “It is difficult and we are having problems with it, specially under the lights. The first two sessions are fine but in the third session there is a lot of dew and the ball gets wet, the seam gets swollen. When we bowled with the same ball the next day, the ball was very soft and it doesn’t do anything off the pitch. We neither got conventional swing nor reverse-swing.”