‘I don’t believe we need to have day-night Test cricket’, says Michael Clarke

"I've never experienced Test cricket at night so I don't know what it's like"

“I’ve never experienced Test cricket at night so I don’t know what it’s like”

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he doesn’t believe “we need to have day-night Test cricket for Test cricket to survive”.

Clarke’s comments come after former England batsman Kevin Pietersen called the idea of day-night Test cricket “stupid”.

“No I don’t,” Clarke said when asked if there was a need for day-night Test cricket. “I think there’s room for all three forms of the game we play now. I think it’s great that you can play an ODI either a day or a day-night game, T20 the same.

“I’ve never experienced Test cricket at night so I don’t know what it’s like…but I don’t believe we need to have day-night Test cricket for Test cricket to survive. I think if you’ve watched any Test cricket over the last 12 months, there would have been a lot of people off their chairs watching the game. So long may that continue, during the day or at night.

“I’d have to try it first. I don’t think it would be fair or right for me to sit here and say yes or no [to playing a day-night Test]. I think I need to experience it, probably at first-class level, before I could comment on that. They’ve done that in Australia, they’ve used the pink ball during the second-last round of Shield cricket in Australia. So when I get back home I’ll have that conversation with a few of the players and see what they think.”

Meanwhile, Clarke also noted that the national team need to work on playing spinners in preparation for their tour of the United Arab Emirates, where they will face Pakistan in October.

“Facing spin bowling has been an area of an Australian cricketer’s game where we’ve had to continually improve,” Clarke said. “We’re fortunate in Australia to have really good wickets that do have pace and bounce and then later on in the game you get spin. But when you play in the subcontinent, you’re getting spin from ball one, you’re getting less bounce, you’re getting more natural variation off the wicket.

“So the more we can experience playing in those conditions, the better we’ll become. I know our junior programmes do a lot more, in terms of travelling to the subcontinent to learn about those conditions, than what we did when I was a young player. Dubai and the UAE are going to be an extremely tough series, Pakistan have a very strong team, and they know those conditions.”

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