Australia v NZ: Hosts on top in first day-night Test in Adelaide

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson defends the pink ball
The pink ball has been trialled in first-class cricket
Third Test, Adelaide, day one
New Zealand 202: Latham 50, Starc 3-24
Australia 54-2: Smith 24*
Australia trail by 148 runs
Scorecard

Australia bowled New Zealand out for 202 to take charge on the opening day of the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide.

The third Test started at 14:00 local time, with players using a pink ball.

Despite winning the toss, the Kiwis collapsed from 94-2 as Mitchell Starc took 3-24 and Josh Hazlewood 3-66.

Australia, who lead the three-match series 1-0, lost openers David Warner and Joe Burns in reaching 54-2 as play ended at 21:30.

Day-night cricket has been introduced to help boost Test attendances, and a crowd of 47,441 at the Adelaide Oval witnessed the first 40-minute dinner break in Test history.

Peter Siddle claimed his 200th Test wicket, the 15th Australian to reach the landmark.

Tributes were also paid to Phillip Hughes, on the first anniversary of the Australian's death after he was struck by a bouncer playing domestic cricket.

Players wore black armbands bearing the initials 'PH', while a video montage was shown on the big screens.

Mitchell Starc will not bowl again in the match, after scans revealed an early-stage stress fracture to the third metatarsal of his right foot.

pink ball
The bowlers seemed to enjoy using the new pink ball as 12 wickets fell

Was it a success?

Michael Vaughan tweet
Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted his approval

The use of a pink ball and playing into the evening under lights made front-page news in Australia and former professionals were quick to back the idea on Twitter.

Former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath tweeted: "Day 1 of the first ever day/night Test. To me it's been a success."

Siddle, who took 2-54, said: "For cricket it's definitely been a great day. The atmosphere out there was amazing from early on until the end of play.

"Everyone who came and witnessed what went on will be very impressed with the whole experience."

adelaide oval at night
The game ended at 21:30 local time in Adelaide

New Zealand bowler Trent Boult, removed Warner for one early in Australia's reply, said the players struggled to see the pink ball when the sun was setting.

"Visually at night, it stands out like a sore thumb," he said.

"As the sun is going down, and coming through the stands, it's definitely the hardest part.

"It's just that little hour window where it's quite difficult. But that's obviously something everyone is going to target.

"It definitely swung around a little bit there with the new ball and from what everyone is saying, it's a different game under lights."

But not everyone was bothered...

Andrew Flintoff
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has tired of the pink-ball debate

Hughes remembered

Australia captain Steve Smith looks to the sky
Australia captain Steve Smith tweeted before the game: "1 year has passed since we lost our great mate. Will be thinking of you out in the middle today as always Bruz. #63notout #408forever."
Phillip Hughes armband
Players from both teams wore armbands with the initials 'PH', in tribute to Phillip Hughes
The crowd stand to remember Phillip Hughes
A video montage was played at 16:08 in memory of Hughes, the 408th Test cricketer to play for Australia

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