The Seven Network and Fox Sports won’t be able to screen primetime Test cricket in December after Cricket Australia confirmed yesterday that India had declined to play the Adelaide Test under lights.
However, they both will be able to screen a Test under lights in January.
Cricket Australia had lobbied India to play a day-night Test at Adelaide Oval, which has hosted pink-ball cricket for the past three seasons.
Cricket Australia reported current ICC Playing Conditions stipulate that a home nation can only host a day-night Test match “with the agreement of the Visiting Board” and India has confirmed that it wants the match played with a traditional red ball.
A Cricket Australia spokesperson said: “We are committed to hosting at least one day-night Test each home summer as part of our continued focus to grow Test cricket, and we are excited about the day-night Test against Sri Lanka at the Gabba in January.”