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Mitchell Johnson slams Day-Night Ashes Test, saying it ‘totally different’

Mitchell Johnson has slammed the decision to play an Ashes Pink Ball Test in the 2017/18 series, saying it is a “totally different” game

cricket Updated: Dec 16, 2016 13:24 IST
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Mitchell Johnson has slammed the decision to host the 2017/18 Ashes Test in Adelaide under lights, saying it was a “totally different” game with the Pink Ball.(AFP)

Former Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson has slammed the decision to play a day-night Ashes match next year, saying the pink ball test is a “totally different” game.

England will play Australia in a Test under the lights for the first time at the Adelaide Oval in the second match of the 2017-18 Ashes series, it was announced this week.

  • Australia will play England in the Pink Ball Test in Adelaide during the 2017/18 series
  • Australia and England will also be involved in a Twenty20 tri-series with New Zealand
  • Mitchell Johnson retired from international cricket in 2015

Johnson, who retired ahead of the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide last year, thinks the Ashes series generates enough interest and ticket sales without any added novelty.

“I’m not really happy about it. I just don’t think it’s test cricket,” Johnson said. “It’s a totally different game altogether. They change the wickets. Adelaide Oval in test match cricket never has grass on it. The two day-night Tests that have been played there, there’s been lots of grass on it. As a bowler, I should be happy about it. Because it definitely brings bowlers into it. But to me, it’s a change of a game. And I think it changes stats as well. So I just don’t like it.”

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has been a driving force behind the day-night game and has told Australian cricket fans they can soon expect two home pink-ball Tests every year.

The Australian Cricket Board announced the fixtures for the 2017/18 Ashes series. Australia will play five Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 tri-series involving New Zealand. A total of four Pink Ball Tests have been played so far.

First Published: Dec 16, 2016 13:24 IST