Fringe player O'Keefe was originally named along with front-line spinner Nathan Lyon in a 13-man squad in anticipation of playing both on the traditionally spin-friendly Adelaide Oval from Friday. But Smith said the pitch had more grass than usual and Australia would use three quicks and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, along with Lyon, for the third Test with the all-new pink ball, which is expected to swing freely during the night session.
Australian captain Steve Smith says he was shaken by the training accident in which a net bowler was felled by a head knock a year to the day Phillip Hughes was fatally struck. "If there is a conflict between the interest of the BCCI and the ICC, I will have to protect the interest of the BCCI. Then I am failing in my duty, sitting there as chairman of the ICC and not protecting its interests."
Rival captains Steve Smith and Brendon McCullum said on Thursday they were excited about what the first-ever day-night Test could mean for the future of cricket. Just like the advent of ODIs in the 1970s and the glitzy T20Is in the last decade, Test cricket stands on the threshold of a game-changer, and both skippers are keen to buy into the concept.
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Australia captain Steve Smith and New Zealand counterpart Brendon McCullum are both excited to play in the first day-night Test. The contest will feature a pink ball that has been designed to be visible in daylight and under the huge floodlights, and Smith has backed the idea, with the radical concept already having a positive effect on advance ticket sales.
On the eve of the first day-night Test, Australian captain Steve Smith says he is excited to be part of history. As cricket embarks on the start of a new era, Kookaburra, the manufacturer of the pink ball to be used for the historic day-night Test, concedes there will be times when players lose sight of the ball.
Australia captain Steve Smith admits he is surprised by the amount of grass on the pitch at the Adelaide Oval ahead of the third and final Test against New Zealand on Friday. With the hosts knowing the conditions and an idea of what to expect from the pink ball, they have decided to release the second spinner, Steve O'Keefe, from extended squad.
Steve Smith is backing Mitchell Starc to become Australia's new pace spearhead in the wake of Mitchell Johnson's retirement. The game's premier bowler in one-day cricket, Starc is not as advanced in the five-arena though the pink ball used for the day/night Test presents the perfect opportunity to bridge the gap. There is a belief the pink ball behaves more like the white ball, with which Starc is arguably the world's best practitioner.
Husker fans are being urged to arrive early at the Nebraska-Iowa game Friday. University of Nebraska spokesman Steve Smith says security will be tightened for the game between the undefeated, number three Hawkeyes and the Huskers. . . Gates 6 and 8 will be closed...six other gates will be closed at kick-off. Smith urges fans to arrive early and expect a more thorough inspection. . .
Australia's training session under lights on Wednesday was temporarily halted after Mitch Marsh whacked a delivery back at a youngster in the nets. The spinner didn't hit the deck but it was a patently painful knock. Marsh cut a distraught figure after the incident but returned to the nets. The anniversary will be on day one of the third trans-Tasman Test.
On the eve of the first day-night Test, Australian captain Steve Smith says he is excited to be part of history. It is a battle in the mind, where both teams will have taken every possible measure to anticipate everything that might happen with the pink ball, the variations in light, the change of atmosphere in the evening, and so on, to harness the unfamiliarity of this experimental match and bring it into the circle of knowns that players have trained their whole lives to expect.