Australia hope for DN Test vs India

Virat Kohli and co are coming to Perth

On a day when Cricket Australia (CA) said they still prefer to play a day-night Test against India in Adelaide, a member of the Committee of Administrator (CoA) ruled out the possibility, citing reluctance from the Indian team management and players.

Cricket Australia (CA) yesterday said that they are trying to convince the BCCI that the first match of the four-Test series, starting December 6, be played using the pink ball.

Adelaide Oval won't host an ODI on Australia Day next year, while the fate of the day-night Test remains in doubt.

India are among the teams to not have played Test cricket under the lights ever since the inception of the format back in 2015 when Australia and New Zealand locked horns in Adelaide.

The schedule, which will see test cricket played in February for the first time in over 20 years, has been structured to avoid clashing with the domestic "Big Bash" T20 competition, which has proved a bigger drawcard for local fans than some test matches in recent seasons.

Brisbane's cricket stadium the Gabba is in decline as a test venue after being overlooked for Australia's upcoming series against India.

James Sutherland, who is the head of Cricket Australia, hopes that India will agree to the proposal.

The T20 global at Metricon Stadium on November 17 will follow Australia's three one-dayers against the touring Proteas in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.

However, Australian men's global summer will start at Perth Stadium with an ODI between Australia and South Africa on November 4.

The Tests against India will be followed by three ODIs from January 12 to 18.

The women will get things underway, with the first cricket broadcast on both the Seven Network and Foxtel to show Australia taking on New Zealand in a Twenty20 match to be played straight after the AFL Grand Final on September 29.

"The [PM's XI] game is being played earlier in the year than previous years which will allow for a true representative team without worldwide or Big Bash League commitments preventing players from being involved".

"The Gabba was that once and I'm sure it will be again. there's nothing to say that in the future the first test of an Ashes series won't continue to be at the Gabba".

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