The first ever Floodlight Test Match is soon as NZ and Aussies will play with the pink ball in their Third Test Match at Adelaide, Oval.
I don’t want to know how the Australians and Black Caps are thinking. What I know is that 50,000 people is going to see the Third Test Match’s first day between NZ and Aussies. November 27, 2015 will be a prestigious and immortal day as cricket will witness its first ever day-night Test at Oval . Australia is currently in lead the 1-0 and this final test match is the decider to be played under the lights. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has accepted the conditions and agreed on the use of pink balls for the Test. However, Australians have already played with pink ball before in Domestic season and so there may an upper hand of them.
First Ever Day-Night Test Match of History:
Australia vs New Zealand
3rd Test Match of Trans-Tasman Trophy, 2015
Starts Friday, 27 November, 9:00 AM
Starc, one of the fiercy bowlers in the world, commented on the use of pink ball
“I couldn’t see ball or a thing at night especially on the boundary. So I’m confused how the crowd are going to see it. I reckon the pink ball has changed a lot from when it was first introduced in for trials. “
Comeback of Australia after the Ashes Slaughter:
Australia have definitely improved after a fatal loss of ‘The Ashes 2015’ and have cranked NZ not giving any opportunity to lead the front on the Day. Steve, Captained after Clarke, have shown some amazing captaincy in the Two Test Matches and is sure to win the series winning this final test match. Let’s understand and know some new things about the first ever day-night Test:
Pink Balls: According to Managing Director of Kookaburra, Brett Elliott, the pink ball (instead of red ball) has gone through some tough, rigorous and smart testing. It will naturally evolve once it is used at the international level. Here are some of the things this pink ball and Day-Night Test Match will have an impact on.
- Floodlights to take full effect
- Evolving with times
- End of lunch breaks from now
- Full Chances of crowd getting hit
- Major boost for Test cricket
- Interests to see the Cricket Worldwide
The first ever day-night Test will no doubt be a big day for cricket, given the fact that it is being experimented in international cricket for the first time. It is therefore important that this match is a success for the longevity of the innovative idea to work as a whole. It is the only chance of NZ to prove their best as Rose Taylor and Williamson are in the form of their life, it seems difficult for the 4-Times WC champions to seize the series 2-0.
The Ashes Flashback: Aussies lose by 3-1 to England
Moen Ali proved to the most valuable player for the series as he showed his magic with bat as well as ball. He thrashed several crucial wickets at certain critical conditions & batted exceptionally well to face the Yorkers of Johnson & Starc. The Sledging couldn’t benefit the Australian team this time as Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Ben Stokes replaced the role of the previously Aussies characters. Alaistar Cook played phenomenal in the whole series to justify the captain’s role. He did his job by keeping his calm forgetting the past ‘Clean Sweep’ of 5-0. Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers who took 21 wickets, including the mind blowing spell of 8/15 in the 4th test to bleed Australia.
Who would have thought that the last time Ashes Champions who slaughtered England by 5-0 will be on the losing side this time? Apparently no one as the Australian side included the force of pacers like Mitchell Johnson, Pat Cummins & Mitchell Starc. England turned the table on them by winning the consecutive 3rd and 4th Tests & regained ‘The Ashes’ title. Though Aussies did win the consolation 5th test match to a reasonable figure of 2-3 lose, it was England who were on the driver’s seat. Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers who announced their retirement after the final test were disappointed to face such an unfortunate criticism at the end of their career.
Particularly, the captain & the brilliant batsman Michael Clarke tried hard to sustain against James Anderson & Stuart Broad but the troubles didn’t seem to stop against him in the series as he was consistently stopped scoring a long innings. He scored minimal with an average of just 30! Mitchel Johnson couldn’t able to show the brutal attack like the last ashes. Adding salt to an injury, Ryan Harris announced his retirement from test cricket after the first test match in Cardiff. So, Aussies were given a big blow in the start as Ryan was a wicket taking fast bowler.
There is always a replacement: Australians have proved that very often
Australians have had this scenario many a times before when the best spinner of the world Shane Warne, best medium pacer Glenn Mcgrath, best opener Adam Gilchrist, best middle order player Michael Bevan-Steve Waugh & best one down player Ricky Ponting. The replacements have always been a major issue for them as it is typically complex to substitute any fresher.
The deal is tough but they have always made it through finding the opener David Warner who replaces Matthew Hayden, hard hitter Maxwell who replaced Symonds, Starc replaced Bret Lee & middle order player Steve Smith. The situation has often comes with a new face & this time it’s to fill some big shoes of Captain, middle order, a pace bowler & the opener altogether. The unstable scheme in the team has to organize with some right team combination.
Changing Scenario of Australian Cricket Team:
Michael Hussey made his debut in ODI when he was 29. Seriously? The most prestigious player of 2004-2012 Australian team era was so late in his career that he couldn’t play any further after 37. A batsman with almost 23,000 runs and 61 centuries was given an opportunity to bat in the middle order on February 1, 2004 v/s India. It clearly means that Aussies have many talented players in their domestic team. Moreover, players like Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Ashton Agar, Sandhu Gurinder, Travis Head, Matt Wade, and Sean Abbott are some of the young brigade of Australia ‘A’ team. There are also young fresh players like Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill and Fawad Ahmed who are desperate to make their way in the team to replace accordingly in the team.
Apart from all the replacements, the most exigent part is ‘Captaincy’. Just like Michael Clarke was hired after Ricky Ponting, there is no other obvious choice other than Steven Smith. He is a master stroke in batting, leading the team in both the formats: ODIs and Tests. It will be interesting to see how they take on Bangladesh as the first test starts on October 9th, 2015. Smith shall be lucky enough to test the team combination and the strategy against ‘The Underdogs’ Bangladeshis. The new brigade will be loaded simultaneously to fire with the new faces in the significantly changed Australian team.