Australia v New Zealand Tests
Black Caps may host future day-night Test
New Zealand Cricket may consider a pink-ball match of their own if Adelaide Test proves successful
28 September 2015, 11:41 AM AEST
New Zealand could follow Australia's lead and would look to host their own day-night Test if the inaugural match against Steve Smith's team in Adelaide proves successful.
The Black Caps will be part of the first ever day-night Test match at the Adelaide Oval from November 27, the first to be played under lights and the first with a pink Kookaburra ball.
New Zealand Cricket's head of cricket Lindsay Crocker said no specific match or location was yet earmarked for a future day-night Test, but would seriously consider the option after playing in the third Test in Adelaide.
"There's a whole range of things we need to look at. I don't think the idea of a day-night test (in New Zealand) has ever been a dead duck," Crocker said at NZC's season launch.
"It will be an interesting exercise to see if there is any differences with the pink ball. If the Adelaide match is successful, then potentially who knows? It may be something we try down the track.
"If it's successful, why wouldn't we look at it as a potential option?
"But it's wrong to say we've got a match earmarked for a future day-night test. We're just trying to bring everything together to see whether it's possible for us as well."
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While a number of New Zealand players including fast bowler Trent Boult initially expressed some concerns over the pink ball, Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said once the decision was made to play the day-night Test ''everyone got excited about it".
"There are going to be big crowds in Adelaide. It is a world first, so there is a lot of media interest," Hesson said.
While the inaugural day-night Test is understandably the subject of much discussion, Hesson said New Zealand could not afford to focus on it too heavily.
"It is unknown," Hesson said.
"But, at the moment, it is not our focus because if we turn up for the third Test and we've lost the series, it is irrelevant. We have to make sure we get the first two Tests right first."
The Black Caps players will get a two-day open-wicket practice with pink balls in Hamilton on October 7 and 8 and a two-day match under lights in Perth ahead of the day-night Test, while the pink ball will also be used when they meet the Prime Minister's XI in a one-day match at Manuka Oval on October 23.
Hesson said while he did not consider the day-night match an "experiment", the pink ball would have different characteristics which the Black Caps would need to be prepared for.
"I don't think experiment is the right word because they've done that (experimenting) for years. They've had many games with pink balls. It is just that this is the first Test match," he said.
"(The ball] is very much in between a white one and red one. A white ball does not last more than 30 overs really, in terms of keeping its colour, and it gets really soft.
"They (Kookaburra) have apparently worked pretty hard to make sure the pink ball does not do the same.
"There has been talk of the ball getting really soft. It certainly does not buff up as well as the red ball."
Off-spinner Mark Craig said he had already given the pink ball a workout and had found little difference between pink and white balls, adding they were "very good to grip".