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South Africa agree to day-night Test against Australia

Adelaide will host second pink-ball Test after South Africa and Cricket Australia agree terms.

November's Adelaide Test against South Africa will be a day-night affair after Cricket South Africa agreed to play under lights and with the pink ball.

The confirmation from CSA, expected to be officially announced later today, brings to a close months of behind-the-scenes negotiations with Cricket Australia and will see two day-night Tests played in Australia this summer.

Pakistan had already agreed to play the first Test of their three-match series against Australia under lights at the Gabba in December.

The confirmation of the Commonwealth Bank Test Series schedule comes shortly after Australia had lost their second match of their Caribbean ODI tri-series to the Proteas by 47 runs.

South Africa's initial reluctance stemmed from their lack of experience using a pink cricket ball.

While Australia has been trialling the pink Kookaburra in Sheffield Shield for several years and played last summer's first ever day-night Test against New Zealand, the South Africans have had no such opportunity.

However, it is understood the Proteas squad will have two warm-up matches under lights using the pink ball to maximise their preparation. 

Despite their unfamiliarity with the pink ball, New Zealand almost pulled off an upset win in the inaugrual day-night match, falling gallantly to Australia by three wickets in the final session on day three. 

A similar type of lead-up to what New Zealand enjoyed - the Black Caps played the Prime Ministers XI match with a pink ball, and a second two-day warm-up in WA - would be all South Africa would need to prime themselves for a day-night Test, according to Steyn.

When asked earlier with regards to the preparation required to play day-night tests, Steyn had said



I think maybe even one game so the boys can get accustomed to it.One first-class game, maybe two first-class games and it think the boys will be extremely into it.




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