One day-night Test a season: McGrath

14-One day-night Test a season McGrath

Rob Forsaith
(Australian Associated Press)

Pace icon Glenn McGrath wants day-night Test cricket to remain a singular spectacle each Australian summer.

Cricket Australia is in talks with South Africa and Pakistan counterparts regarding the 2016-17 schedule.

CA is keen to lock both touring sides in for a pink-ball clash.

McGrath likes the concept but feels it should be restricted to one match each summer at this stage.

“I’d be supportive of a day-night Test match each season,” he said on a sodden Jane McGrath Day at the SCG.

“Anything pink these days has potential doesn’t it.

“I thought Adelaide was a success … it’s interesting whether the pink ball is up to standard.

“I don’t think you would play a whole series of day-night Tests.

“But how successful it was with so many people coming along – and it was exciting cricket – I’d be a fan of one per season.”

The Adelaide Oval is a near-certainty to host another day-night Test.

The Gabba was considered the frontrunner to also cash in on the pink-ball revolution.

However, the MCG and SCG have both publicly thrown their hat in the ring.

“Anything is possible and I welcome the interest that everyone has in hosting a Test match or Test matches,” CA boss James Sutherland said.

“It is a ringing endorsement of Test cricket and day-night Test cricket that more people want to host these matches.

“All of that needs to be balanced with … trying to share cricket content around the country.”

McGrath was surprised to hear of the SCG’s bid to host two Tests next season.

“I hadn’t heard that. You still only play five or six Tests in summer, I’m not sure how the other states would see that,” he said.

McGrath suggested the swinging pink ball would be hard to face anywhere in Australia.

“It’s going to be tough I think, no matter where it is played,” he said.

“You saw how it went in Adelaide. As soon as that dusk period came, it started really swinging around and nipping around a fair bit more.

“The fast bowlers always enjoy it when there’s a bit more in the deck.

“It is just part of the conditions. You still have to be able to adapt with bat and ball.”

Meanwhile, Sutherland explained CA’s push for a potential day-night Ashes Test in 2017-18.

“It is a long way off but I know that the chairman and chief executive of the ECB are good men. Very progressive,” he said.

“I know Tom Harrison the CEO with his background in media, he will certainly understand that growing the popularity of the game is first and foremost in our minds.”

The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) was caught unawares when Sutherland floated the idea on Monday.

Players still harbour concerns about a handful of issues, especially how hard it was to pick up the green seam of the pink ball.

Kookaburra is trialling a black seam, which will be used in a day-night Sheffield Shield round next month.


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