Cricket Australia is being urged to give the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) a second Test match during the 2016/17 Australian summer, laying the foundation for a potential day-night test match to be held at the historic venue in late 2016.
According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, SCG Trust chairman Tony Shepherd is pushing for a second test to accompany the New Year’s test featuring Australia and Pakistan.
“It is worth remembering that day-night cricket started at the SCG when on November 28, 1978 the same two teams we watch today faced off in a World Series Cricket match,” Shepherd told a function hosted by the Trust and Cricket Australia earlier today.
“An early summer day-night Test at Sydney Cricket Ground would have to be a chance to draw a crowd greater than the 44,377 who watched that first day nighter in ’78. Cricket works in Sydney, it works at the Sydney Cricket Ground because we are connected to the CBD and in the heart of the most densely populated suburbs in Australia.”
Speaking to ABC Grandstand earlier this morning, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland admitted that another day-night Test is on the agenda for one of the three-Test series in 2016/17, but acknowledged it is yet to be decided where or when it will occur.
He also made no indication that there were preparations being made to host two test matches at the SCG during the Australian summer.
Given the success of the inaugural day-night test played between Australia and New Zealand in late November last year, there’s likely to stiff competition from other venues to secure the lucrative day-night test next summer.
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