The writing was on the wall , now it’s close to reality. Cricket Australia plans to welcome Team India with not just one but two Day Night tests on India’s next tour of Australia in 2020/21. Last month Team India finally broke the ice by playing their first ever day night test on the new BCCI supremo’s insistence. The opposition was a weak Bangladesh, who also played their first test match under lights. Later when asked on refusal to play the day night test in Australia’s last tour in 2018/19, skipper Virat Kohli reasoned that the offer came at a very short notice hence the refusal last time and insisted that team India should be allowed to play a practice game before the day night test if its offered again.
Hopefully cricket Australia will arrange for a proper quality day night game for India before the D/N test like they did for Pakistan this season. However here one needs to note that India did not offer any pink ball practice game for Bangladesh before subjecting them to the pink ball test which should note have been the case. However there was paucity of time and BCCI head saw to it that Indian team experience the test match under lights as the offer to play Day night test would have come any time from overseas and till Kolkata test ,India was the only major cricketing nation which did not play any day night test.
Kohli’s insistence that day night test should not be played at short notice has been apparently heeded to by Cricket Australia as the formal request to Indian board will be coming around January ,when Australia will be in India for white ball contest. Hence with months to spare, India can make more than adequate preparations and play a series of practice games at Eden Gardens, Mohali and Wankhede , while there is good bounce and carry , in somewhat similar lines to Australian pitches.
With so much time at their disposal, India should not back out this time from Australia’s offer as the team has a lethal bowling attack capable of rattling the Australian batting under lights. It’s now upto the Indian batsmen and fielders to acquaint themselves better with the pink ball under lights. It goes without saying that India was not at all severely tested in the pinkball test at Eden with a weak opposition to play with.
Hopefully Team India and BCCI will show more positive intent this time regard to pink ball tests and take on the Aussies in their own backyard. Should be a series to remember.