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Pat Howard clarifies India day-night Test possible

By Rashmi Nanda -
Pat Howard, Head of Team Performance of the Cricket Australia has confirmed that India was keenly considered to playing a day-night Test against Australia in the forthcoming tour in February-March.

India are set to host Australia for the four-match Test series, which will start from February 23 in Pune, but Howard said that the complexion of the series was a lot unusual in the formative stages of the series planning.

Howard told cricket.com.au, "It was contemplated in the very early days and the opportunity to do so but it hasn’t happened this time. We know there’s a lot of commitment at ICC level to look for day-night Test opportunities.”

He added, "It’s good to see England and the West Indies going down that route (at Edgbaston this winter) as well. I think most of the home boards have seen what’s happened in both Australia and the UAE over the last couple of years. The opportunity to play day-night Tests where appropriate has been something that’s been heavily considered by a lot of home boards."

As there will be no day-night Test in the subcontinent this summer, Howard said that Australian team is keen to play day-night cricket wherever in the world. He also said that they are looking forward to tackling India in their home conditions. 

Howard added, "We want to play red or pink ball Test cricket, we want to be adaptable. We’re very comfortable no matter what came and very positive about playing Test cricket in India in any way, shape or form. We’re not pushing it by any means, it’s their choice, and as you’ve seen with the Ashes we’re going to play one next year (in Adelaide) and so we’re comfortable against wither the red or pink ball."

In 2012, when they triumphed on Indian soil that time David Saker was the bowling coach of the English team and the assistant coach of Australia, and Howard said his experience and knowledge on that tour was an important factor in his selection last July.

Howard stated, "He (Saker) knows the international competition, he knows playing in England, he knows domestic players, he knew Peter Handscomb as he arrived on this doorstep,”

He also added, "There are lots of positives of David’s appointment. 2012 was absolutely key. Trevor Hohns was involved in (Australia’s Test) success of 2004; Darren Lehmann was on that tour in 2004. People have experienced that success and that’s an important mentality. The ability to be able to deal with (India) is absolutely part of that mindset we’re looking for."