Day-night Ashes Test unlikely in 2019: ECB

The England and Wales Cricket Board has put off the possibility of hosting any day-night Ashes Test against Australia in 2019.

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Australia hosted the first day-night affair of Ashes at the Adelaide Oval in the ongoing Ashes series. The home team won the match by 120 runs.

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Although ECB CEO Tom Harrison did not rule out the probability but said it is quite unlikely, “It’s to be decided, it is unlikely to be honest,” he said.

“I think we’ve got a formula which works brilliantly well for us in Ashes cricket in the UK.

“Right time, right place, right conditions are the rules for day-night test cricket.

“We’ll wait and see but unlikely I would say; I think there are significant challenges there, but I think we’re doing the right thing by looking at the FTP in a meaningful way, trying to create a Test Championship around the FTP, which we’re very close to doing. Once you’ve got a Championship format where every series matters we can start looking at the details that sit behind that.

“About pitch quality, about the schedule itself, about the way in which we can start innovating beyond things like day/night Test cricket which has worked so well in this country and we’ve just started in the UK as well, and start to look at what are the key things we can tweak within Test cricket to make it even more relevant and meaningful for fans,” he added.

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