India and Australia will commence the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Series with the first Test at the Adelaide Oval from December 6.
According to reports of the cricket.com.au, a challenge of a green strip awaits the touring team in the first match and the curator has confirmed that he has no intentions of cutting the thick cover of grass.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, Adelaide Oval curator Damien Hough said, “We won’t do anything differently. The preparation will be the same. The only difference is we get the covers off earlier and we start earlier.”
Hough had previously prepared green tracks for the day-night Tests on the ground and intends to change nothing despite this encounter being a day affair.
“We do the same preparation for red-ball cricket and pink-ball cricket at Shield level. The best way to get an even contest is to leave some grass on there and get that balance between bat and ball. Right now, we really feel that this is where it’s at for the pitch,” Hough adds.
The Adelaide Oval had hosted the first day-night Test in 2015, between Australia and New Zealand, which lasted three days. In 2016, Australia and South Africa played a D/N Test in Adelaide, which last four days. Last year, during the Ashes, the Adelaide day-night Test went into the first session of day five.
This Test between India and Australia will be played with the red Kookaburra ball and many are interested in seeing its behavior on a green strip in a day Test.