Australia optimistic about India's participation in the Day-Night Test

All three matches will be broadcast live. File

Worldwide cricket will run from September to February this summer in a significantly revamped schedule that will include visits from South Africa, India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed that their opening match of the Test series against India will be held at the Adelaide Oval, however, they are still trying to convince the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to play it under lights. As per a report in Indian Express, Indian players were asked about playing the Test with a pink ball which they categorically refused to. James Sutherland, the Chief Executive of CA is optimistic that India will play the D/N game.

Perth Stadium will host a Test for the first time when the second match of the series against India is played from December 14 to 18.

The Tests against India will be followed by three ODIs from January 12 to 18.

The Gabba test, which falls during Australia Day celebrations, is a reminder that the venue is no longer in the same league as those in rival states. "The Border-Gavaskar Trophy promises to be a bumper series, and it will be headlined by the world-famous Boxing Day Test at the MCG", he added.

"These things don't happen quickly or easily".

In between, the Australia men's team will host a South African limited-overs tour in October-November, and full global tours by India and Sri Lanka that stretch from mid-November to early February.

The Gold Coast is to host global cricket for the first time, staging a T20 game between Australia and South Africa. The 16-day gap between the fourth Test against India and the first Test against Sri Lanka - filled by only three ODIs - could give Australia's worldwide players a window to take part in as many BBL games as possible, while the tournament's closing stages could be held after the end of the Test season. India, it is learnt, are also reluctant to have day-night Tests in the nine-team World Test Championship to be played from 2019.

"Now we have the infrastructure there's no reason why not".

For the past three years, Adelaide has hosted a day-night Test. CA did not declare the match timings for India's opening Test, taking a similar approach as they did against South Africa in 2016, where the timings were announced almost two months after confirmation of the dates.

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