Some will call it historic. But futuristic is more appropriate.
Day-night Test cricket is almost here. How long it stays is anyone’s guess.
The outcome of events at the Adelaide Oval in the next few days will have an enormous impact on the concept. This has the potential to reshape the future of the world’s greatest game.
Everybody will have an opinion on the pink ball.
Adelaide will be radically different from the draw at the WACA last week. There will be a result.
Although in recent years Sheffield Shield matches have been played at night with the pink ball and New Zealand have just played a warm up match in similar conditions, both sides will step into the unknown.
This increases the mystery behind the occasion.
New conditions, altered playing times and different equipment will be tested.
The lunch and tea breaks have been swapped. The pitch has been doctored to suit the fragile pink ball and more grass than ever can be expected on a wicket likely to assist bowlers more than batsmen.
Huge crowds will flock through the gates and the scene will be spectacular. The striking images of the incredible India-Pakistan Cricket World Cup Match at the Adelaide Oval in 2015 will be remembered.
A result is assured on what is expected to be a seam bowlers paradise. Batting at dusk will be difficult.
Vision will be restricted as the setting sun competes with artificial lights. Facing a thunderous 150kmph spell from a pack of carnivorous fast bowlers will be tougher than usual.
Fielding in the deep won’t be fun either.
We all dread the skied shots that slowly make their way to us in the deep. They should be easy, but diving away in the gully for a one handed grab seems like a cinch after you try to chest mark a ‘sitter’ on the fence and it rockets off your collar bone for four.
If you’re not in Adelaide then get yourself down the local tomorrow afternoon and take a peak at cricket’s future.
India v South Africa
Can you believe it?
We’re into the Third Test between these two cricket juggernauts and the highest innings score so far is 215!
That’s right. India has prepared some feisty wickets for South Africa’s tour.
The first Test was a titanic battle and a revolving door for batsmen. India won by 108 runs and the Second Test was destroyed by rain after the Proteas were rolled for 214.
At Nagpur yesterday the Proteas knocked India over for 215 without the injured Dale Steyn or the dropped Vernon Philander. But they are 2/11 in reply.
Expect all out war on day two as South Africa battle to make a three figure score on a low spinners paradise in front of a massive Indian crowd.