Ashes 2017: England and Australia could play day-night Tests

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England and Australia have met in one-day internationals under floodlights before

Cricket Australia are keen for next year’s Ashes series to feature day-night Test matches for the first time.

Officials feel the move is a “natural progression” following a day-night Test against New Zealand in November 2015.

“By playing day-night tests, we’re going to get even bigger audiences at the game and on television,” said Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.

England captain Alastair Cook and Australia captain Steven Smith have both said the change is not necessary.

Cook said the Ashes is “not a series where you need to do it exactly at this time”, while Smith said the fixture “always gets the viewers and crowds out”.

Sutherland said he had “respect” for such views, but added: “We will play somewhere between zero and two day-night tests during the Ashes in 18 months’ time.”

The 139th Ashes series is scheduled to run from November 2017 through to January 2018, with England the holders of the urn following their 3-2 series win in 2015.

Before then, Australia will play a floodlit Test against South Africa on at the Adelaide Oval this summer and open a series on home soil against Pakistan under the lights in December.

England and Australia go into the 2017 Ashes tied on 32 series wins.

England learn their India venues

Alastair Cook’s side – who currently lead Sri Lanka 2-0 in a three-match Test series – will tour India a year ahead of the Ashes, playing five Test matches from November 2016 prior to a Christmas break.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has chosen Mohali, Rajkot, Mumbai, Vizag and Chennai to host the Test matches.

A series of three one-day fixtures and three Twenty20 matches are expected after the festive period.

The ODIs will be in Pune, Cuttack and Kolkata – with Bengaluru, Nagpur and Kanpur hosting the Twenty20s.

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