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Ahead of First-Ever Day-Night Test, Aus & NZ Plotting New Tactics

New Zealand’s coach Mike Hesson feels that the day and night Adelaide Test is going to be a battle of tactics.

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will have to implement new tactics in the first day and night Test in Adelaide. (Photo: AP)
Snapshot
  • New Zealand’s coach Mike Hesson feels that the day and night Adelaide Test is going to be a battle of tactics.
  • The pink ball has been swinging a lot in the evening which is helping the fast bowlers pick a flurry wickets in the last session.

The Kiwis are anticipating a battle of tactics as they venture into cricket’s new world in this week’s first-ever day-night third Test against Australia, the New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson said today.

The cricket world is watching with interest as trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand face off with a revolutionary pink ball at the Adelaide Oval from Friday.

Zaheer Abbas, the new president of the International Cricket Council, hailed the day-night Test concept as thoroughly enlightened.

The pink ball’s capacity to swing freely and create collapses at night in preparatory matches means the final session of play has become more problematic than the first two sessions.

Steve Smith has already implemented one of his tactics for the day and night match. (Photo: AP)
Steve Smith has already implemented one of his tactics for the day and night match. (Photo: AP)

It leaves rival captains Steve Smith and Brendon McCullum with big decisions to make this week.

Smith indicated his thinking when captaining New South Wales in this season’s day-night domestic Sheffield Shield round by declaring on day one to utilise the swing of paceman Mitchell Starc, who grabbed three wickets in the evening session with the aid of some noticable in-swingers.

Hesson said the clamour to bowl at night could be a key battle at Adelaide.

 Mitchell Starc grabbed three wickets in the evening session with the aid of some noticable in-swingers against New South Wales. (Photo: AP)
Mitchell Starc grabbed three wickets in the evening session with the aid of some noticable in-swingers against New South Wales. (Photo: AP)
There’s definitely something to that (declaring to bowl at night). If you think that’s the best chance to take a few early wickets. There’ll definitely be some tactical plays throughout the Test.
Mike Hesson, New Zealand Head Coach

New Zealand suffered a collapse of four for 30 in their two-day practice tour match in Perth on Sunday after dinner against Western Australia.

The Blackcaps’ bowlers had created havoc by swinging the second new ball in Saturday’s night session with WA losing five for 21.

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