England will play their first day-night Test match at home next year, the ECB has confirmed. The first Test of West Indies' tour, at Edgbaston on August 17-21, will be contested under lights with a pink ball in a move designed to try and increase attendances and drive interest in the oldest form of the game.
Tom Harrison, the ECB's chief executive, said it was worth experimenting in order to try and "make cricket more accessible to new audiences". So far, the only Test played under lights with a pink ball was between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide last November, although a second, between Pakistan and West Indies in the UAE, will take place this month. Another two are scheduled for the forthcoming Australian summer.
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