Our knee jerk-reaction to suggestions that day-night Test cricket be played was that it was a shocker of an idea. We’ve always thought of knee-jerk reactions as being worth clinging to in the face of subsequent strong evidence against your point of view, but on this occasion we’re softening our stance.
Day-night Test cricket has a place in this world. However, that place is not England.
We can well imagine enjoying a balmy night of Test cricket in Sri Lanka or southern India. If it’s unbearably hot and humid by day, it makes sense to play when the sun’s gone down as it’ll still be warm.
In England, the sun definitely helps when you’re watching cricket – especially in May, when England appear intent on scheduling a day-night Test match against Bangladesh next year.
The ECB suffer from all three major types of retardation.