Rodney Marsh says 'bring on night Tests'!
Australian cricket great Rodney Marsh has said that concerns over ball colour should not stop the staging of day/night Tests, given that it has been more than 30 years since he played in floodlit "Supertests" during World Series Cricket.
Last month the sport's global governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), announced that Tests could be played under lights, with rival teams deciding on the hours of play and the colour of the ball to be used.
"I say bring it on," Sport 24 quoted Marsh, as saying, who played in the "rebel" World Series Cricket run by the Australian media mogul Kerry Packer in the 1970s that pioneered innovations now commonplace to the world game such as coloured clothing and floodlights.
"What people need to understand is that during World Series Cricket we played Supertests at night. This was nearly 35 years ago and there is no reason why this can't happen with Test matches today," he added.
According to the report, day/night fixtures have proved popular with Australian crowds when introduced by Packer and have since become an accepted part of one-day games around the world.
Australia selector Marsh, 65, also said there was no reason why floodlit cricket would not succeed at Test level as well.
"Night Test cricket would be really successful on the sub-continent and in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa," he said.