Michael Clarke Supports India's Decision To Not Play A Day-Night Test In Australia

Updated: 09 May 2018 20:32 IST

India are one of only two current Test-playing nations to have avoided playing pink-ball cricket at the international level, while Australia have played four day-night Tests.

Michael Clarke Supports India
Michael Clarke said that day-night Tests would engage more fans watching the game. © AFP

The Adelaide Test between Australia and India will be played during the day after the BCCI failed to agree to play the match under lights. Cricket Australia had lobbied the Indian cricket board to play a day-night Test at Adelaide Oval, which has hosted pink-ball cricket for the past three seasons. The current ICC Playing Conditions stipulate that a home nation can only host a day-night Test match "with the agreement of the visiting board" and India have confirmed that they want the match played with a traditional red ball. India are one of only two current Test-playing nations to have avoided playing pink-ball cricket at the international level, while Australia have played four pink-ball Tests. Terming this as a "chance" for India to script their first-ever Test series win Down Under, former Australia captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said India had their reasons to back out of the day-night match during their tour later this year.

"I think India feel like they know the conditions that will suit them best to beat Australia. Remember India have never beaten Australia ever in Australia. This is their chance," Clarke said at an interactive session at the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Young Leaders Forum (YLF).

The BCCI had officially informed Cricket Australia that Virat Kohli and Co would not engage in any pink ball Test during their tour Down Under. India are slated to play three Tests against Australia, starting from December 10. There would be three T20 internationals prior to that.

CA wanted to continue with their recent tradition of playing the opening Test at Adelaide from December 6-10 under lights.

The Indian team management headed by chief coach Ravi Shastri though had intimated the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that the team will take at least 18 months to prepare for the Day/Night Test.

Explaining the rationale behind India not wanting to play in white flannels under floodlights, Clarke said: "If India play during the day, the wicket is flatter and spin a little bit more. At night there is no spin, there is moisture and bit more movement." 

"So India prefer to take their chances during the day like they have played every other Test match throughout their careers."

"So I can understand why they are not wanting to play D/N test matches," said the 37-year-old who skippered Australia to the 2015 World Cup.

Clarke though backed the Day-Night Tests, saying this is the future and would engage more fans watching the game.

"I do believe for the game, particularly in the summer of Australia, to get people watching on television we are going to see a lot more D/N Test matches moving forward and probably around the world."

Clarke spilled the beans on how the Aussies got rid of the dangerous New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum in the 2015 World Cup final by plotting yorkers against the dashing wicketkeeper-batsman who had till then been in great form.

"We planned that wherever he bats, every single ball to him should be yorkers. We wanted to bowl at him like it's the last five overs. Next day, Starc was with the new ball and asked 'Skipper is the plan still the same? I said yes.' Fortunately, it worked," he revealed.

McCullum was removed for a three-ball duck by pacer Mitchell Starc with a yorker that swung in and landed in between the stumps making the batsman tentative and his off stump uprooted.

Australia had won the final in Melbourne by seven wickets with 101 balls to spare.

(With IANS Inputs)

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Highlights
  • Cricket Australia had lobbied the BCCI to play a day-night Test
  • CA wanted to continue with their recent tradition
  • Australia had won the final in Melbourne by seven wickets
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