India to play day-night Test in Australia: The recent development might see India playing their second-ever day-night Test match.
As recent as last month, India captain Virat Kohli had laid emphasis on India “ready” to play a day-night Test match during the tour of Australia later this year. Speaking on the eve of the first ODI against Australia, Kohli sounded unperturbed with the aforementioned prospect.
“We’re ready and up for the challenge – whether it’s Gabba, Perth… it doesn’t matter to us. It’s become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we’re open to playing day-night Tests,” Kohli was quoted as saying in the press conference.
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India to play day-night Test in Australia
If a recent interaction of a BCCI official with PTI is to be believed, India are “most likely” to play a day-night Test match in Australia this year. “India are most likely to play a day/night Test during the Australia tour,” the official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Having played their maiden day-night Test match against Bangladesh in November, this will be India’s potentially second day-night Test and their first on foreign soil.
India, who last toured Australia in 2018-19, had registered a historic 2-1 series victory without playing a day-night Test. While there was some criticism from the hosts with respect to India not agreeing to play a day-night Test on that tour, it seems it won’t be the case this time around.
Currently in New Zealand preparing for a two-match Test series, the Test series in Australia remains the only two Test series which India are scheduled to play in 2020 unless something unplanned gets added to the FTP.
With both these series also being India’s two overseas competition in the ongoing ICC Test Championship, the onus increases on them to yield affirmative results.