Australia eye day/night Ashes Test

Adelaide hosted the first match under floodlights in the long form of the game in November as Australia beat New Zealand inside three days, and Sutherland wants to keep developing the idea.

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Adelaide Oval hosts the first day/night Test

Cricket Australia is keen to discuss the possibility of a day/night Ashes Test with its counterpart the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2017-18, according to chief executive James Sutherland.

Adelaide hosted the first match under floodlights in the long form of the game in November as Australia beat New Zealand inside three days, and Sutherland wants to keep developing the idea.

The third Test in that series was a low-scoring affair as Australia won by three wickets, neither side scoring more than 224 in their two innings with 66 the top individual score. Sutherland and Cricket Australia hope to schedule more day/night Tests in the future, with an Ashes clash pencilled in for England's next tour down under.

"It is certainly on the radar," Sutherland told ABC Radio. "We haven't had any formal conversations with the ECB. With the success of the Adelaide Test match this year, the anticipation [is] that we will have at least one day/night Test [in 2016]. 

"It seems like it would be a natural progression for there to be an Ashes day-night Test match in 2017-18. We'll have meetings in Dubai [in January] with a lot of the chief executives and certainly be talking to counterparts at Pakistan and South Africa.  They definitely know it will be on the agenda. The right place, right time and right conditions - we're going to see more Test cricket played in the evening."

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