NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA
Cricbuzz Staff •
Can D / N tests help crowds in Adelaide? © Getty
Cricket Australia expects Day-Night-Test to become a permanent attraction in Adelaide next season after a disappointing appearance on the first day of the Test against India. The Adelaide Oval recorded their smallest assault on Day 1 – 23,802 – since the stadium was revitalized in 2013.
The venue has hosted the pink ball test every year since 2015 but has hit a stumbling block in its attempt to continue the tradition after BCCI denied the request to pass the Day-Night test on this tour. There have been other extenuating circumstances, including Adelaide's hot weather and some general disillusionment with the Australian team following the ball tampering scandal, but board chief executive Kevin Roberts believes the change back to testing cost about 15,000.
"No doubt we lost that particular group of fans [who like Day-Night Tests] for this test. We look forward to the test day and night coming back to Adelaide, "Roberts told SEN Radio. You look at the way the fans embraced you. I'm a test cricket defender day and night, but no matter what I think, it's what the fans think. "
Under current ICC rules, tour staff may deny requests, but Roberts expects BCCI to change its current nightly position (India has not yet played a D / N test) and agree to play the next test visit from India here. "We believe they have a different view of this test game, but we hope that with the time of the fans, we can do a day-night test," he said. said.
Cricket Australia has been particularly perplexed by the strong Indian contingent in Adelaide, giving the test a foul. Attendance for the opening of the series on Thursday (December 5) was less than the corresponding number on day 1 of India's last visit here in 2014, when a crowd of 25,619 people attended. On the other hand, the first days of the three matches were 47,441 (against New Zealand in 2015), 32,255 (against South Africa in 2016) and 55,000 (against England in 2017) respectively .
Meanwhile, the initial trend of ticket sales for the inaugural test at the new 60,000-seat Perth stadium is not very promising, and Cricket Australia hopes the end of the first test will help attract more viewers to the venue.
"I would suggest it has something to do with it, it's not a regular calendar event, it's a new venue, it's close to Christmas. I hope for five days here [in Adelaide] and the cricket community is inspired to come in more than we suspect, "said Roberts.