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Anticipation surrounds Adelaide as inaugural day-night Test beckons – 3rd Test Prediction

[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” class=”” width=””]Prediction: Australia are capable of recovering from niggles if any. Towards the second innings, despite showing resistance to defeat, it may not be the case for New Zealand. Tides will shift with sessions with no major impact as New Zealand come across as a weak team in comparison for this Test match. We go with Australia and at a distance, the Draw.[/box]

pink ball

History will be created at the Adelaide Oval when Australia and New Zealand take the field amidst enormous expectations. After numerous debates about the future of Test cricket and dwindling attendances, the sport will add another chapter to its glorious history – and it will be coloured pink.

Though there are concerns regarding the durability of the pink ball and feasibility of playing into the night, cricket aficionados are eagerly awaiting an experiment which could prove to be a watershed moment in the game.

Cricket Australia have been satisfied with the pink ball and do not foresee any detrimental effect on the balance between bat and ball in day-night Test matches. However, there are still murmurs whether spinners will be taken out of the equation due to the anomalous nature of the ball.

But the situation is tailormade for spectators to immerse themselves into the longest format of the sport without compromising on their daily work.

Despite going into the match with an unassailable lead, hosts Australia will be wary of a New Zealand bowling unit keen to expose the frail techniques of their opposing batsmen.

The encounter will also officially usher Australian cricket into a new era with the lanky Mitchell Starc chosen to lead an inexperienced bowling attack. Mitchell Johnson was the last of a generation of proud baggy-green holders to exit the international scene. Steven Smith will have to lead from the front and ensure that the visitors do not sneak away with a win.

Players to watch out for

Australia
Mitchell Starc is unanimously regarded as the most dangerous bowler in ODIs. But his Test numbers have not been commensurate with his potential. The pink ball could provide the perfect opportunity to propel him to the upper echelons of the longest format of the sport.

New Zealand
Trent Boult was touted to be the danger-man for the Australian batsmen. However, his reputation has taken a solid blow after he was carted around by David Warner and company in Brisbane and Perth. Will he recover from a sore back and return to his usual self?

Predicted Lineups

Australia
Joe Burns, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith (Captain), Adam Voges, , Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (Wicket-keeper), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

New Zealand
Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (Captain), BJ Watling (Wicket-keeper), Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

Broadcast Information

Venue: Adelaide
Date: 27 November to 01 December
Time: 0330 GMT
TV Channels: Star Sports 2, HD2

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