28 Apr 2016

Day-night Proteas-Black Caps Test ruled out

6:35 am on 28 April 2016

New Zealand Cricket has ruled out the possibility of the Black Caps playing a day-night Test in South Africa, as the Proteas look for a warm-up Test ahead of possibly playing Australia.

Australia are yet to lock in a follow-up to the Adelaide day-night Test against New Zealand last November, with South Africa touring Australia this summer.

The South Africans are reticent to play a pink ball Test without suitable preparation.

NZ Cricket CEO David White.

NZ Cricket CEO David White. Photo: Photosport

The Black Caps are due to tour South Africa in August and September, with the programme yet to be finalised but New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said that a day nighter wasn't possible.

"No it hasn't been discussed, and we are playing that series pretty much in their winter on the high veldt, so I think that would be a challenge for them and, like I say, it hasn't been discussed," said White.

However White remains hopeful a day-night Test against South Africa will be played when they tour here in the summer.

Black Caps opener Tom Latham

Black Caps opener Tom Latham in the pink ball test against Australia in Adelaide in 2015 Photo: Photosport

"It's still a possibility. We haven't finalised our itinerary for the coming year."

"We are positive about day-night Test cricket going forward. It's never going to be the dominant format... there might be one a series but I think it's going to paly a part in the future of cricket," said White.

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