- England’s first Day-Night Test: Key questions ahead of West Indies clash By Sky Sports Cricket Last Updated: 14/08/17 10:42am The sun sets over the Adelaide Oval during the first day-night cricket Test match between Australia and New Zealand in 2015 The maiden day-night Test in England begins on Thursday when Joe Root’s side takes on West Indies at Edgbaston.
- It’s the fifth match of its type in the global game after three day-night Tests in Australia and one in Dubai, where Windies lost to Pakistan.You can watch every ball on Sky Sports – starting at 1pm on Sky Sports Cricket.
- Check out our listings in full here and read on for some more insights into this historic occasion… So, what’s the big idea?While Test match attendances remain rock solid in England and Wales, the popularity of five-day cricket is in decline in certain parts of the world.By shifting the match timings, the hope is that more people will choose to watch Test cricket after work – indeed, you need only take a half-day’s holiday to attend a game – and that more children can get a taste for it after school.Some 123,000 fans turned up across three days of Australia’s clash with New Zealand in November 2015 – a record for a non-Ashes Test – so the early signs are promising.
- Pink cricket balls lie on he pitch during a New Zealand training session at Adelaide Oval on November 25, 2015 What have previous day-night games proven?Since the pink ball was used in the MCC v Durham game in Abu Dhabi in 2010, players competing in different conditions around the world have reported that it behaves differently under lights – swinging significantly more at twilight and beyond, raising the fear that the team batting at that stage could be placed at a serious disadvantage.Time for a funky declaration, anyone?Why not?
- Root and Ben Stokes were both dismissed cheaply for their respective counties, while man-of-the-moment Moeen Ali completed a grand total of three overs.Watch the first Test between England and the West Indies – the first day-night Test in England – live on Sky Sports from 1pm on Sky Sports Cricket on Thursday (first ball 2pm), with over-by-over commentary and in-play video clips on our digital platforms.