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Sun setting on Tests is good: Hadlee

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/06/2016

Lights illuminate the Adelaide Oval as the sun sets during the first night session of the cricket test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide last November. © AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Lights illuminate the Adelaide Oval as the sun sets during the first night session of the cricket test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide last November. Day-night Tests are the future of cricket's longest format but the boards should not rush it, according to New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee.

Australia played the first day-night Test last November against New Zealand at Adelaide Oval and agreed to another pink-ball match with South Africa at the same venue during the home summer.

The concept has found ready takers in south Asia with India trialling the pink ball and Pakistan agreeing to play a floodlit test in December in Brisbane.

"You try - it is the game of the future. Probably one test in a series is fair enough," Sir Richard told reporters in Mumbai.

"I think most people like to see the traditional format during the day."

The durability of the pink Kookaburra ball and the dew factor in India have raised doubts about the future of a floodlit Test in the country.

New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee says day-night Tests are the future of cricket's longest format but the boards should not rush it. © Phil Walter/Getty Images New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee says day-night Tests are the future of cricket's longest format but the boards should not rush it. Sir Richard said the players must get ample practice before such a contest.

"It is important for the players to have practice games; you cannot ask them to go out there and ask them to play a day-night game against the pink ball.

"It is unrealistic in a professional environment era. That needs to be tried and tested, so players can get some confidence."

"Conditions are different all around the world, so we don't really know how the pink ball is going to work here in India and that's why players need to have those practice games," he added.

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