Day-night Tests: Australia three from three after two nervy finishes

Day-night Tests: Australia three from three after two nervy finishes

Clearly Crane has overtaken Adil Rashid, now regarded by England, if not Yorkshire, as a white-ball specialist, as the preferred potential Test match wrist-spin option, and his success in Australia, where he played for New South Wales, is significant.

West Indies flew into England under the radar for a three-Test series and it has gone virtually unnoticed as all eyes in the last couple of weeks were on Joe Root and his squad completing a historic 3-1 Test thumping of overrated South Africa.

Also, given this is England's last Test series before they tour Australia, there has been much speculation as to what the composition of this side could mean in terms of their Ashes defence "Down Under".

But while the West Indies" original "fearsome foursome' pace attack of the 1980s was backed up by batsmen of the calibre of Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Vivian Richards and Clive Lloyd, the present top order are still making their way in worldwide cricket. It will be interesting to see how the players will react to this pink challenge under the lights.

At 30, Stoneman is the oldest batsman to make his England Test debut this century. Australia too did not do well and were bowled out for 224.

Smith's charges found their pursuit of 187 taxing, with Trent Boult (5-60) in inspired form, and slipped to 115-4. Yet he is not prepared to take them lightly.

'That was one of the highlights of my career to step on the Edgbaston turf, and (to) win a game the way we did on that last day was pretty incredible.

"Both teams start off at the same state, I don't think it'll be a walkover, you've got to get used to picking the [pink] ball, all the different things".

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The UAE has been central to bringing day-night, pink-ball Test cricket into being, with the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi being a testing ground for the experiment over the past eight years. If England plays the way they played against the Proteas, the West Indies' team will find it very hard to succeed on foreign soil.

Darren Bravo anchored the chase with a polished 116, but with West Indies still 83 runs away, he lobbed a return catch to Yasir and that opened the floodgates as the remaining three wickets were consumed soon.

He had a decent series against Pakistan where he picked up 15 wickets in the three matches and his slinging action could cause problems for the English batsmen.

The other Day-Night Test match in global cricket involved the West Indies, who were beaten by Pakistan in October 2016.

"This is a big series for us and this is the first Test of the series - it's quite nerve racking". England are yet to feature in a Day/Night Test. TOI takes a look at the four matches that have been played so far under lights. "As we prepare for the upcoming West Indies Trophy Test series in England, I am sure he will be a great addition to the coaching staff".

Australia captain Smith wrapped up proceedings by running out Yasir with a direct hit from second slip, having top scored with 130 as the host posted 429 in their first innings. When the players may actually be ready for a proper meal at the twenty minute "tea interval" at 6.40 pm, they will only have time to wolf down a few bits and bobs. Let's hope this week's day-nighter in Birmingham has a similarly thrilling finish.

England captain Joe Root has confirmed that Surrey opener Mark Stoneman will make his global debut in the first Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston on Thursday.

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