So it was off to Adelaide to experience the first ever day-night Cricket Test Match, Australia vs New Zealand the third and final match of the series with Australia leading 1-0. Test cricket is a passion of mine, in fact it’s on my bucket list to see Australia play in six countries and I’m at three so far and I’m playing to add to that number next year when I visit Sri Lanka.
But I’ve also wanted to see the upgraded Adelaide Oval watching with envy at the football and cricket matches over the past 18 months as the locals filled the stadium and were so loud it could be hard to hear the announcers. So it was a three day trip planned with my brother Reagan.
The day started with an early morning flight from Melbourne after an hour eating breakfast in the QANTAS lounge. The plane was totally full despite being 9 am after normal flight time for business people, this was a sign there would be lots of people flying in for the match.
A quick an cheap ($28.00) taxi trip from the airport to our hotel found a lot of people waiting to check in early. As it was too early to get a room most people, including my brother Reagan, left their bags with security. Walking though the city it was obvious that cricket was in town and so where a lot of visitors to enjoy the event. The Adelaide Casino was on the way so a very quick (and unsuccessful visit) was called for.
The walk to the ground from the Casino to the Adelaide Oval was spectacular, walking over a river via bridge, the sun shining, people excited, the atmosphere was special indeed. The studium itself is very modern and a definite improvement, I always liked the Adelaide Oval so I was worried that the upgrade would lose it’s unique character and would just be another generic mega stadium, I need not have been concerned.
The seats were at the southern or city end behind the bowlers arm, a little to the right but close enough to seen the pink ball swing around. The day was a really enjoyable experience, over 47,000 people having fun at the cricket. There was a sober moment at 4.08 pm as a short video remembered Philip Hughes who died when playing a year ago with 408 being Philip’s Australian Test Playing Number.
Australia bowled well during the day to bowl New Zealand out for a low 202 but Mitchell Starc got injured meaning we would be a bowler down for the rest of the match. Australia got to bat in the twilight / evening but unfortunately that was too much for David Warner. It was great seeing cricket in front of so many people, with a magnificent sunset and an easy to see cricket ball. I think this is the future of cricket.