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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Five things to know about day-night cricket Tests ahead of New Zealand-England game

Here is a look at things learned in brief history of five-day matches under lights

Sri Lanka are the only team to have won an away day-night Test. Francois Nel / Getty Images
Sri Lanka are the only team to have won an away day-night Test. Francois Nel / Getty Images

The first Test between New Zealand and England, starting at Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday, is the first day-night Test in New Zealand and only the ninth worldwide.

Here is a look at five things that have been learned in the brief history of Test cricket under lights:

1. Home advantage

Sri Lanka are the only team to win a day-night Test away when they beat Pakistan by 68 runs in Dubai last year. The other seven have all been home-ground victories. Sri Lanka scored 482 and 96 against Pakistan who replied with 262 and 248.

2. Baggy Greens in the pink

Australia have played the most pink-ball Tests and are also the most successful side under day-night conditions with a 4-0 record. England and South Africa have both recorded a win and a loss, while the only other successful teams are Sri Lanka (1-0) and Pakistan (1-2).

3. Making light of dusk

Pakistan opener Azhar Ali showed changing light conditions need not be a problem when he compiled an unbeaten 302 against the West Indies in Dubai in October 2016. He batted for nearly 11 hours for what remains the highest score in a day-night Test. But he went for two in the second innings and five in the first innings of his next Test under lights against Australia two months later.

4. Pakistan pile on the runs

The highest score in a pink-ball Test is Pakistan's 579-3 declared in 155.3 overs when Azhar performed his heroics against the West Indies. Pakistan only managed 123 in the second innings - when Devendra Bishoo took 8-49 - but held on to win by 56 runs.

5. Kiwis' call

The first pink-ball Test was played between New Zealand and Australia at Adelaide Oval in November 2015. New Zealand won the toss, elected to bat and ended up losing by three wickets.

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