30 Jun 2015

Black Caps still wary of day-night test

2:51 pm on 30 June 2015

The Black Caps still have reservations about day-night test cricket but are prepared to give it a go says Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills.

Heath Mills of the NZ Cricket Players Association

Heath Mills of the NZ Cricket Players Association Photo: Photosport

New Zealand Cricket has announced a new seven year playing deal with Australia which includes the first day-night Test in Adelaide in November.

The deal includes ten tests and 28 Chappell-Hadlee one day matches.

The day night test will be played with a pink ball which the players are worried about concedes Mills.

"Our guys just don't have any experience of day-night cricket or four-day cricket, they haven't had any experience with the pink ball. There's been mixed comments from the players in Australia, so there's uncertainty. I don't think any of them thought they'd be playing test match cricket at night but the game does progress. We would've liked to have seen other initiatives like test championships, I think that's well documented, but we can't act in isolation so we need to give day-night test cricket a go."

Resurrecting the Chappell-Hadlee one day competition, which was last contested in 2010, has been welcomed by New Zealand cricket great Sir Richard Hadlee who's family name adorns the trophy.

"From the family point of view, to have the Chappell-Hadlee resurrected, is quite significant and we're very pleased to see that and we congratulate David and his team in negotiating the resurrection of the Chappell Hadlee series and the fact it's going to be around for the next seven or eight years is a tremendous thing for us."

New Zealand cricket legend Sir Richard Hadlee.

New Zealand cricket legend Sir Richard Hadlee. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

As a traditionalist Sir Richard Hadlee admits he too has doubts about playing day-night test but says the game is evolving and is pleased the Black Caps will be part of history.

The pink ball test starts in Adelaide on November 13th.