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ICC president David Morgan envisages day-night Tests

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David Morgan predicts day/night Test cricket

International Cricket Council president David Morgan believes day-night Tests will be introduced within two years.

Test cricket is hugely popular in England but Australia and India want to boost its appeal compared to the frenetic one-day and Twenty20 forms.

Morgan said: "Eighteen months ago I wouldn't have been overly-enthusiastic but there is no reason why day-night Tests won't be attractive in England."

"I'd be surprised if we don't see day-night Test cricket within two years."

The MCC's annual season curtain-raiser against the county champions will be played in Abu Dhabi under floodlights, and with a pink ball, from 29 March. White clothing will be used.

A successful trial could speed up the process to introduce day-night Test cricket, though earlier plans to stage next summer's first Test between England and Bangladesh under the new Lord's floodlights may have to be adjusted.

However, England is not the only country which could be suitable for floodlit Tests.

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Morgan went on: "The ICC has recognised that in some countries Test cricket is not that popular in terms of people paying at the gate. We want to ensure Test cricket is as popular around the world as it is in England.

"All 10 full board members at the ICC are switched on to improving Test cricket and its attendances. If Test cricket were to wither around the world it would cause a problem here.

"If you look at a country like Australia with big stadia and very hot conditions, it's made for day-night Test cricket. Test cricket has changed over 130 years and there are now very good reasons for bringing crowds out.

"Test cricket has endured and I'm sure it will continue to thrive. The biggest events are the Ashes and India against Pakistan. They are the big earners and revenues in Test cricket are bigger.

"England against South Africa and South Africa against Australia are not far behind."



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