It's another first for cricket again as Australia and New Zealand play under lights in the sport's first day-night test match with a pink ball making its debut too.
Australia will host New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in a match which starts on Friday afternoon and is set to span five days and nights.
This will be the first departure from the traditional test format dating back since the 1870s with the untested pink ball replacing the standard issue red ball for the first time.
Another departure from business as usual, play will start at 2 PM local time (9 AM IST) on Friday with the uniforms remaining the same white, but the session breaks for lunch, once treated as the immovable feast, and tea will change. Tea will be held after the first session instead of the second, with dinner scheduled between the second and third sessions.
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Curators have left a green tinge on the usually dirt-dry Adelaide Oval pitch, expecting to give the bowlers some assistance in a series that has been dominated by the bat. Australia won the opening Test at Brisbane by 208 runs and the second Test in Perth ended in a high-scoring draw, so the series is still alive.
Organizers are expecting a crowd of around 40,000 on Friday, more than double the size of the crowd the last time these two teams played a Test in Adelaide, and significantly more than the opening days of the first two Tests.
Much of the focus in the buildup to the Test has been on the pink ball — which has been used rarely in Australian first-class matches and which New Zealand has used only in practice games.
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Critics say it won't be durable enough to last 80 overs because of colour deterioration as it gets scuffed and the white seam will make it difficult for batsmen because of a lack of contrast.
There's also the question of whether the ball could swing considerably more during the moister, cooler evening sessions than it does during the day.