India not prepared to play Adelaide Day/Night Test under lights

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"We can confirm that we have received advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India that it is not prepared to participate in a proposed Day-Night Test in Adelaide this summer", the CA statement said. The suspension of the skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner for a period of one year means the Aussies will be below full strength and India, sensing a chance for their first Test series win in Australia, have decided the variable of a pink-ball game would give the hosts an advantage. The Australians will then host a two-test series against Sri Lanka, starting January 24 with a day-night match in Brisbane followed by a test debut for Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval starting on December 6 will be played during the day.

"It will be Australia's first home Test of the season - against the world No.1-ranked Test side India - and there will be enormous interest both here and overseas", he said.

India have not played a single day-night Test match.

India and Bangladesh remain the only Test-playing nations not to have played a pink-ball Test. The Indian cricket team hesitated for playing under floodlights.

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"Under the circumstances, I regret to say the proposed day-night Test can not be played and all Tests will have to have the conventional structure". What are thriving are the "popular" shorter versions of cricket - their detractors consider them a different sport - such as the one-day game and Twenty20.

With Cricket Australia's commitment to a day-night Test being held at home every summer, the Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane in January will fit the day-night format. Three of those matches were played in Adelaide.

India and Bangladesh are the only two current Test-playing nations to have avoided playing pink-ball cricket at the global level.

Earlier in May, Sutherland told Australia's SEN Radio, "I think everyone in world cricket knows that, to be frank, I think (India) want to come out here and beat us".

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