New Zealand Wins Toss, Elects to Bat in 1st Day-night Test

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the first ever day-night cricket test.

Published: 27th November 2015 09:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th November 2015 09:27 AM   |  A+A-

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Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum (File|AP)

By AP

ADELAIDE:  New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the first ever day-night cricket test Friday.

Australia leads the three-test series 1-0 after a 208-run win in Brisbane and a high-scoring draw in Perth.

The contentious and experimental pink ball will get its first test in the five-day format in afternoon conditions, with the match due to start at 2 p.m. local time (0330 GMT) at the Adelaide Oval. A ceremony to mark the first anniversary of former Australia batsman Phillip Hughes' death will be held at 4:08 p.m. during the first interval.

Allrounder Mitchell Santner will make his test debut for New Zealand, giving McCullum two spin bowling options. Trent Boult recovered from a back problem to take his place in the New Zealand pace attack.

Also Read: First Time in 138 Years, Test Cricket to be Played in the Night

Veteran paceman Peter Siddle was recalled to the Australian bowling attack to fill the void created when Mitchell Johnson retired after the Perth match, winning a selection tussle with James Pattinson. Shaun Marsh will bat at No. 5 in a reshuffled batting lineup after injured Usman Khawaja was ruled out of the match.

Lineups:

Australia: David Warner, Joe Burns, Steve Smith (captain), Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (captain), Mitchell Santner, B.J. Watling, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

Umpires: Richard Illingworth, England and Sundaram Ravi, India.

TV umpire: Nigel Llong. Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama.

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