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Black Caps to play day-night clash against Australia in Perth - report

The Black Caps will face Australia in a day-night Test match once again, with the West Australian reporting a pink ball clash between the two sides this December.

With New Zealand touring Australia at the end of this year, the West Australian claims that Cricket Australia will announce the three-Test series opener at Perth's Optus Stadium as a day-night Test match.

Play would begin at 1pm local time - 6pm NZT running through to 1.30am NZT.

The Test would be the second time the Black Caps face Australia in a day-night clash, with the two sides having competed in the inaugural pink ball match in Adelaide four years ago.

Western Australia Cricket Association chief Christina Matthews says that should the match be given the green light, it would serve as a significant achievement for cricket in Australia.

"To have the first day-night Test in Perth would be a significant historical achievement. Particularly because when they first started talking about day-nighters, Perth was dismissed as never being able to have one because of our time zone," she said.

"To start a new era of Test cricket would be fantastic. The technology at Optus Stadium allows for a really good nighttime experience. So there's a whole lot of entertainment elements that can go along with a day-night Test that you can't do otherwise.

"I know it's kind of the antithesis of Test cricket that you bring bells and whistles in, but the stadium gives us an opportunity to do slightly different things."

Cricket Australia are expected to finalise their 2019/20 home schedule later next month.

Kane Williamson celebrates with team mates after taking a catch to dismiss Bairstow.
New Zealand Blackcaps v England. 1st day/night test match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Day 5, Monday 26 March 2018. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Kane Williamson celebrates with team mates after taking a catch to dismiss England's Jonny Bairstow. Source: Photosport


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