Adelaide Test pitch breaks with tradition

1:45 PM   Adelaide Oval's pitch will break with tradition for the inaugural day-night Test match.

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Cricket Australia to recognise WSC

Ian Chappell was a pioneer of World Series Cricket.

Greg Baum 2:05 PM   Howzat? The pioneers of the day-night game will be formally recognised by Cricket Australia on the eve of the inaugural day-night Test.

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Kohli excited by 'landmark' day-night Test

Virat Kohli

11:02 AM   India captain Virat Kohli has praised Australia and New Zealand for agreeing to play cricket's first day-night Test and called the match starting at the Adelaide Oval on Friday a "landmark" occasion.

Four-day Tests would smash spinners: May

Concern: Former Australian spinner Tim May.

Andrew Wu 8:37 AM   Four-day Test matches threaten to spell the end of the spinner, cricket administrators have been warned, as the push to shorten the traditional format gathers pace.

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Drawn series would be like a loss: Warner

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  David Warner of Australia speaks to media during a press conference before an Australian nets session at the Adelaide Oval on November 24, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Jesse Hogan 5:44 PM   David Warner says letting New Zealand escape with a series draw in the Trans-Tasman Trophy would be as bad for Australia as a loss.

Tendulkar junior scores impressive ton

Growing up fast: Arjun Tendulkar, pictured with father Sachin in 2012.

Tom Decent 9:18 AM   Arjun Tendulkar has made the cricket world sit up and take notice after plundering a century in a junior tournament in Mumbai on Tuesday. 

Siddle harks back to good old days

Middle man: Peter Siddle speaks to reporters before a nets session in Adelaide.

Jesse Hogan 5:32 PM   Peter Siddle's past two appearances at Adelaide Oval provide contrasting messages on his potency as a fast bowler. Australian selectors have seemingly paid more attention to the latter, because he is on track to play in the pink-ball Test.

After AC/DC, Adelaide Oval back on track

Staff working on the Adelaide Oval.

Jesse Hogan 6:27 PM   Anyone fearing the weekend AC/DC concert on Adelaide Oval would hinder conditions for this week's inaugural day-night Test have been assured the clean-up from it has proved that rock and roll ain't turf pollution.

Cairns perjury trial heads into final session

Chris Cairns faces charges of lying under oath, for saying in court he had "never" cheated at cricket, and would not contemplate doing so.

5:42 PM   In the case of perjury accused cricketer Chris Cairns, the wheels of justice really are turning slowly.

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Colour-deficient, but not blind to possibilities of night Tests

Colour-deficient: Victorian captain Matthew Wade tries to focus on the pink ball

Chris Rogers 2:55 PM   As someone who is colour-deficient, I'm happy to be on the other side of the fence for the first ever day-night Test. But it still feels like the start of something.

Adelaide Test: Mitch Marsh says he's playing for the team

West Aussie Mitch Marsh is under pressure to hold his spot in the Test team.

2:53 PM   Australian allrounder Mitchell Marsh says he's playing for the team, not his average, as he prepares for a career-defining Test match.

Adelaide Test pitch breaks with tradition

Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon speak to Adelaide Oval curator Damian Hough.

1:45 PM   Adelaide Oval's pitch will break with tradition for the inaugural day-night Test match.

​ECB considers consigning the toss to history

"Bowling at 75mph (121km/h) on a green top simply does not help England. It does not benefit the batters either because you do not face those kinds of bowlers at Test level": Kevin Pietersen.

Nick Hoult 11:54 AM   End of centuries-old practice could counter result pitches, help develop spinners and would be trialled in second-tier Championship matches

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Black Caps will cope if Boult sidelined, says Southee

Tested: Tim Southee says Boult is "in good hands". Coach Mike Hesson says he has to prove himself fit by Wednesday.

Jesse Hogan 6:40 PM   Tim Southee says there is enough fast-bowling talent in New Zealand's squad to combat Australia's batsmen even if strike-bowler Trent Boult fails to overcome a back ailment.

As pink-ball debut looms, push for four-day Tests returns

'Exciting future': Pink ball cricket.

Jesse Hogan   The executive behind Adelaide earning the right to host the inaugural day-night Test match, Keith Bradshaw, says a reduction from five to four days should be the next priority for Test matches.

Bushrangers prepare for livelier WACA pitch

Aaron Finch.

Victoria skipper Aaron Finch is expecting the heavily criticised WACA pitch to come to life for their Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia.

SCG cleared for Shield match

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Doug Bollinger of the Blues celebrates taking the wicket of Beau Webster of the Tigers during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Tasmania at Bankstown Oval on November 14, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

After the recent playing surface debacle, the SCG has been given the all-clear to host the Blues' next Sheffield Shield clash.

Taylor's eye test knocked him for six, then he posted a 290-run innings

Run machine: Ross Taylor celebrates his double century.

Steve James   Ross Taylor's return to form shows the value in ensuring batsmen have as clear a sight of the ball as possible.

Trent Boult given to Wednesday to prove fitness for third Test

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 05:  Trent Boult  of New Zealand watches on as he fields during day one of the First Test match between Australia and New Zealand at The Gabba on November 5, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Jesse Hogan   Trent Boult must overcome back soreness and bowl at full intensity by Wednesday to keep his place in New Zealand's team for the series-ending Test against Australia.

Test stars to be released, Big Bash set to be biggest show in town

Back in pink: Steve Smith playing for the Sixers.

Andrew Wu   This summer's Big Bash is set to begin with a bang in Sydney with Australia's Test stars given the all-clear to play the start of the Twenty20 competition.

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Sixers sign Chinese spinner

Sydney 6ers signing Ming Li.

A Chinese spinner who got his start in cricket watching Shane Warne videos on Youtube has earned a rookie contract with the Sydney Sixers.

Brave declarations expected so teams can use new ball at night

Steve Smith takes the field on day five of the second Test.

Jesse Hogan   The timing of when the new ball is used will be crucial in the inaugural day-night Test, with New Zealand predicting the captains will declare earlier than they typically would if it gives their strike bowlers a chance to bowl with the pink ball under lights.

O'Keefe has grounds to be excited

Steve O'Keefe appeals during his sole Test to date last year.

Jesse Hogan   Steve O'Keefe could hardly have been more glowing about his experiences at Adelaide Oval, but his degree of fondness for it will surely sure if on Friday it becomes the site of his first Test in Australia.

How the pink ball could change Test cricket

"Experimental": the pink ball.

Jesse Hogan   Why pink? While red balls can be dyed, pink balls, like white ones, need to be painted to produce their colour, and then coated with lacquer to preserve that colour for as long as possible.

Ultimate Trans-Tasman cricket quiz

David Warner

Stephen Samuelson   The quiz that is trickier than facing the pink ball under lights at Adelaide Oval.

White-ball pioneer McCosker believes players can adapt to pink

Pioneer: Former Test batsman Rick McCosker is now a Catholic chaplain.

Daniel Lane   Former World Series Cricket opener Rick McCosker, who faced the might of the West Indies in a trial match under lights and then the World XI in 1977, says "approach" will dictate how the Australian and New Zealand players handle this week's historic pink ball Test.

Low-key commemoration for Hughes' anniversary

Tragic loss: Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.

Daniel Lane   The players involved in the Sheffield Shield match that starts on Friday between NSW and Queensland at the SCG will wear black armbands to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Phillip Hughes' death.

Haddin endorses Nevill to be Australia's long-term Test wicketkeeper

Keeping his form up: Peter Nevill.

Andrew Wu   Peter Nevill has received a ringing endorsement on his future from his predecessor Brad Haddin, who believes the incumbent gloveman can forge a lengthy Test career.

AC/DC hasn't hurt Adelaide Oval

Mitch Starc bowls at Adelaide Oval in a Sheffield Shield match last month.

Four days out from the historic first day-night crocket Test, the Adelaide Oval pitch has only been in place for hours and some 800 square metres of outfield is being replaced.

NSW's Healy uses head for freak catch

thumb grab

Tom Decent   The NSW Breakers thrashed Victoria by 10 wickets to book a spot in their 20th consecutive Women's National Cricket League, but it was a brilliant rebound catch taken off wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy's head at short cover that was the main talking point after the match.

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Joe Burns warming to short leg

Joe Burns lets one slip at short leg

Joe Burns is warming to the idea of fielding at short leg, saying the more time he spends under the lid the more he enjoys it.


'Unfit' pitch or dummy-spit?

After walking off the pitch without facing a ball, the Kiwis said the pitch was 'unfit'.

Warner says he will play through pain

Opener concedes the ongoing pain from a broken thumb will be with him for the rest of his career.

Who can step up to fill holes in Test team?

I wish I was 21 again. This year will give so many opportunities to young cricketers.

Friends and foes

From Shane Warne to Simon Katich - the relationships retiring skipper Michael Clarke has had in Australian cricket.

England, we need to take a break

Greg Baum: There's no easy way to say this, but it's time we took a break.

Baum's interview with Arthur Morris in 2011

Morris's provenance was classically Australian. He was born in Bondi, but grew up in rural Dungog, later famous as Doug Walters' hometown.

Michael Vaughn: A golden generation

This is an England team of huge promise who have achieved success far quicker than I ever expected.

The best sledges in Ashes history

Clarke to Anderson: 'Get ready for a broken f....... arm'

The greatest Ashes series ever?

Jesse Hogan revisits the memorable 2005 Ashes series.

Ashes flashback: England 2013

The 2013 series in England proved a turning point for Australia.

Ashes flashback: England 2009

A stark reminder for the Aussies that their glory days were over.

Richie Benaud - His life in pictures

Cricket legend Richie Benaud has passed away aged 84.

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