Australia play New Zealand in the third and the final Test of their series in Adelaide. The Australia v New Zealand 3rd Test betting tips & predictions can be found in the article that follows.
History will be made on Friday at the Adelaide Oval, when the first ever Day/Night Test match is staged, between Australia and New Zealand. The first time in over 140 years of playing Test cricket, that such a fixture has been put on.
The innovation of staging the game as a day/night affair, rather than the traditional day time scheduled playing hours, has meant that almost all of the focus around the game has been on the pink ball and the drop in pitch to be used, rather than the composition of the teams and the likely outcome of the match as would normally be the case.
With the pink ball proving less durable than its red equivalent, it has been necessary for the curator at the oval, Damian Hough, to produce a surface with more grass on it than normal, which will help to preserve the ball, but which as a consequence is likely to offer the bowlers greater assistance.
Ticket sales for the third and final Test of the series, which the home side lead by 1-0, have been described as Ashes like. Although in truth, the sale has been affected by the offer of special prices for spectators coming to the ground later in the day, who can get heavily discounted entrance.
However, part of the experiment is to see the impact on attendances when playing later in the day, when people may be able to come to the ground after they have finished working. Apart from when England make an Ashes tour, Test cricket in Australia is no longer particularly well attended, unlike 50-over and T20 cricket. A pattern that is repeated around the Test playing world, with the exception of England, where Test matches are still exceptionally well supported.
With 40,000 people expected to come through the turnstiles on the first day, Friday could be just he beginning of a long road for pink ball Test cricket.
Australia v New Zealand 3rd Test betting tips & predictions:
Australia to win: 8/13
Match starts at 2.30 pm local time (03.30 hrs GMT) on November 27.