Smith wary of Day-Night Ashes talk

Steven Smith (Gallo)
Steven Smith (Gallo)

Cape Town - Australia captain Steve Smith has toned down talk of making any of the Ashes Tests a day-night fixture, saying the crowds for the Ashes are enough to ensure the games get played at normal times.

The idea behind day-night Tests is to improve viewership for people who'd go to the game after work, but Smith feels that the Ashes gets enough support in both England and Australia as it is.

Smith said in Guyana: "The crowds and the viewers for the regular Ashes Test matches are pretty good.

"There's a bit to be talked about there, but it's still a little while away. We'll wait and see what happens with that one.

"My personal preference probably would be, yeah (to keep the Ashes to day-only Tests).

"I think it works pretty well with the red ball. It's been around for years and I think playing against England we always get the viewers and the crowds out.

"So I don't think there is any issue there. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens."

South Africa have agreed to playing their Test in Adelaide in November under lights, after months of resistance due to the fact that they have no experience with the pink ball. Pakistan have also agreed to play under lights in December.

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