Australia will play against Pakistan,South Africa and Sri Lanka in summer

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SYDNEY: Australia Cricket Board revealed the plans on Wednesday for day-night Test matches against South Africa and Pakistan, but admitted player concerns about the experimental format which meant the South Africans’ fixture was not locked in.

Day-night Tests with a pink ball are a major part of Australia’s home international schedule for 2016-17, which also features one-day internationals matches against three nations.

The inaugural day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide last season as an outstanding success, attracting 123,000 spectators and an average television audience of two million.

Nevertheless, players from both sides complained about the pink ball’s movement and durability, specially the difficulty for the batsmen faced seeing it under lights.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said Pakistan had agreed to play a day-night Test in Brisbane, but South Africa’s players had refused to commit to a similar fixture in Adelaide.

He added that we believe that having the ability to move matches into the evenings provides cricket fans with greater access to the game, both on the ground and at home on TV, and there is no doubt that this will help grow interest in Test cricket.

Even for cricket fans at home in South Africa there are benefits. The Day-Night Test hours will allow the match to be televised in a far more attractive time of day in South Africa.

The pink ball has been developed for day-night Test cricket matches, which replaced the traditional red ball which mainly becomes too difficult for batsmen to see after dark.

Our players are not for playing the game under those conditions, South African Board Chief Executive Tony Irish said in an interview to The Australian newspaper.

The main reason is we feel disadvantaged. Not one of our players who will compete in that Test has played Test match cricket, or any cricket, with a pink ball.

Fixtures:

Australia – South Africa Test series:

1st Test: Nov 3-7 at Perth

2nd Test: Nov 12-16 at Hobart

3rd Test: Nov 24-28 at Adelaide

Australia – New Zealand ODI series:

1st ODI: Dec 4 at Sydney

2nd ODI: Dec 6 at Canberra

3rd ODI: Dec 9 at Melbourne

Australia – Pakistan Test series:

1st Test: Dec 15-19 at Brisbane (day-night)

2nd Test: Dec 26-30 at Melbourne

3rd Test: Jan 3-7 at Sydney

Australia – Pakistan ODI series:

1st ODI: Jan 13 at Brisbane

2nd ODI: Jan 15 at Melbourne

3rd ODI: Jan 19 at Perth

4th ODI: Jan 22 at Sydney

5th ODI: Jan 26 at Adelaide

Australia – Sri Lanka T20I series:

1st T20I: Feb 17

2nd T20I: Feb 19

3rd T20I: Feb 22

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