Cricket Australia chief says day-night Ashes tests on agenda

BY foxsports • June 8, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says players should remain open-minded about day-night test matches during the 2017-18 Ashes series in Australia.

Sutherland said he respected the concern of Australia captain Steve Smith and others, but reiterated that a pink-ball Ashes test would be a ''natural progression.''

He said Thursday that day-night tests will allow for bigger audiences at the matches and on television.

But Smith, playing in the West Indies in a limited-overs tri-series, says the Ashes ''works pretty well with the red (regular) ball ... playing against England, we always get the viewers and the crowds out, so I don't think there is any issue there.''

England captain Alastair Cook has also indicated he'd like the 2017-18 Ashes series to be all traditional day matches.

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