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Let there be light?
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http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/28085871
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#2
End of civilisation if they bring in day/night test cricket here.
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(30-06-2014, 09:54 PM)Paul Wrote: End of civilisation if they bring in day/night test cricket here.

Looks like Australian players aren't too keen:
http://www.supersport.com/cricket/more-c...ight_tests
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I have always thought that around mid June there should be one CC game where they start late and play until 9pm.
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(01-07-2014, 06:49 PM)Warleybear Wrote: I have always thought that around mid June there should be one CC game where they start late and play until 9pm.

They'd go off for bad light at 7pm Warley :thumbup:
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For many years home games at Edgbaston started at 12 noon with play continuing till 7pm.
While Robert may be bad, Robert is not all Mugabe's.
There are GOOD Mugabe's
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#7
Yes I remember and they regularly went off before 7pm for light. so annoying...
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#8
Switch the floodlights on and get on with it. I'd do it only for mid June when it's light until late with very little dew if any.
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#9
So now the era of day/night cricket has begun.
I'm not sure what it looks like to the players but the pink ball looks sensational on television, like it's fluorescent.  It's early days and I do have doubts about day/night cricket in England.  But in other countries, it might just re-ignite interest.
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#10
Our test matches tend to be sell-outs so very little benefit in day/night tests.
LE - aka John
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#11
Great idea for other test playing countries but a terrible idea in England.

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#12
Anything that saves test cricket should be considered..... Outside a couple of nations, attendances have plummeted. Agreed, I'm not sure it would work in England..... But I would try one or two late start CC matches during the summer.
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#13
Over 120,000 spectators in three days at Adelaide.  But I agree that a warm evening in Adelaide is different from a cold night in Birmingham.
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(29-11-2015, 11:32 AM)Terry Wrote: Over 120,000 spectators in three days at Adelaide.  But I agree that a warm evening in Adelaide is different from a cold night in Birmingham.



There is a need to look at this in context - Having been to Australia and attended 2 daytime Ashes Test Matches (one at the MCG the other at the SCG) crowds in Australia are on average at a much higher level than in England. 

For instance, although the Melbourne Test I attended only lasted two and a half days, the total attendance was in excess of 230,000 there being 83,000 in attendance on the first day followed by crowds in the region of 70,000 plus on the other two days. the Sydney Test Match lasted three and a half days and the ground was full to capacity on all four days with 176,000 people attending (the SCG has a 44,000 capacity).

Obviously, not withstanding the above, any positive initiatives that encourages more people to watch the longer game (be it Test Cricket or 4-Day Championship Cricket) are to be encouraged providing they do not strip the game of its heritage and dignity going forward.
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The thing that shook me when I was in Australia was how much cheaper it was for me to attend a test match. From memory, it was less than £20 to see the third day of a match between Australia and South Africa at Sydney. Cheapest seats, but good view...... big capacity grounds with cheap tickets......
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(29-11-2015, 03:50 PM)Warleybear Wrote: The thing that shook me when I was in Australia was how much cheaper it was for me to attend a test match. From memory, it was less than £20 to see the third day of a match between Australia and South Africa at Sydney. Cheapest seats, but good view...... big capacity grounds with cheap tickets......



I think that's the key eh? That's why I think we have to get the 120,000 attendance figure for the recent day night test match into context - Cheaper tickets - More people likely to attend - Also a good point about Aussie grounds having great views - Also easy access with bar code ticketing/mechanical turnstiles etc - It me only ten minutes to get in to the MCG even though I had my bag searched (great organisation here too) + easy ground access - No OTT stewarding on show at the MCG or SCG or messing about with plastic handsets that take for ever to scan your ticket (alla Edgbaston - Spent £32 million on a new stand but peanuts on entry systems) - England light years behind the Aussie in this respect.

Good post Warleybear - Sadly The Powers That Be are so 'greedy' they won't be taking any notice eh? Happy to give free tickets away for the T20 Baseball but not prepared to offer value-for-money test match tickets to encourage more people (including kids) to come along and support the game - They need to remove their blinkers.
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Accepting all of the above, it's still the case that the total attendance of 123,736 was a record for any non-Ashes Test at Adelaide - and it only lasted three days. Of course, that may be partly because they have built new stands and increased the capacity, whilst at the same time ruining what was one of the most beautiful grounds in the world.  But that's a story for another day.
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