Virat Kohli hails Australia, New Zealand for agreeing to play 'landmark' day-night Test
Australia take on New Zealand in a day-night Test at Adelaide beginning from November 27.
New Delhi: Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has hailed Australia and New Zealand for agreeing to play an official day-night Test.
Speaking at a conference, Kohli gave credit to both the teams and said it could be an experiment the cricket fraternity remembers in the years to come.
"I hope it works. I hope it can be another option and I am glad two teams have actually agreed to play an official Test like that. I give credit to both Australia and New Zealand, hopefully it will be better for the game. It will be a step which we all might remember few years down the line. Let's hope so," Kohli said.
Kohli added that even though the players had some apprehensions about the visibility of the pink ball, it was still a big step going forward.
"I have heard a few of the players giving feedback on playing with the pink ball. The only thing they were concerned about is during twilight, it's difficult to pick up the ball. During the day it was fine, during night it was okay, but when the floodlights are not on and the sun is going down, is when they found it very difficult. It is a landmark Test, it is a big experiment. It is a big step towards changing something in Test cricket," Kohli added.
When asked whether he would want to play a day-night Test, the 27-year-old said, "If it's officially put into place, then it will be something different, it will be something exciting. As cricketers, we all should be willing and accepting of the fact that we need to step forward and contribute to the game. If this is a step towards improving the excitement and the popularity of Test cricket, then I think every team should be in for it. If the experiment works, it will be a landmark in itself."
New Zealand and Australia will play a day-night Test at Adelaide scheduled to be played from November 27. While the Steven Smith-led side won the first Test, the Kiwis managed to draw the second, courtesy a spectacular 290-run knock by Ross Taylor.