England will host their first-ever day-night Test, against West Indies at Edgbaston in August 2017.
England are set to be the third Test-playing nation to host a Test match under floodlights, following Australia’s day-night encounter against New Zealand in Adelaide last year and Pakistan’s forthcoming match against West Indies in the UAE next week.
England are late to the party with the Proteas and Pakistan set to use the pink ball against Australia later in the year, and the match will take place from the 17 to 21 August next year.
‘We’re excited by the prospect of staging our first ever day-night Test match,’ said ECB CEO Tom Harrison. ‘It’s a great opportunity to attract more fans to the game and see how staging Test cricket in the afternoon and evening fits with working patterns and modern lifestyles, whilst maintaining the deep tradition of Test match cricket.
‘A number of Test nations are looking at day-night Tests as a way of building further interest in our most traditional format. We’re glad to be supporting that and adding to the understanding of how this might develop in different countries.’
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