Adelaide: The first day-night Test, which began at the Adelaide Oval here on Friday between traditional rivals Australia and New Zealand using the new pink ball, has already created a buzz on Twitter.
It has been 138 years since Test cricket started, about 50 years since spectators started declining for the five-day format, and almost a decade of dithering discussions and debate before this Test finally found approval.
#DayNightTest was trending on top on Twitter as users welcomed the new format with their excitement through tweets. #Pinkball was also trending on the social networking site throughout the day.
Aussie pacer Josh Hazzlewood gets ready to bowl with the pink ball during the first day-night cricket Test match at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Pic/AFP
Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc bowled the first ever delivery using the pink ball as Josh Hazlewood earned the distinction of picking the first ever Test wicket with the ball when he dismissed Martin Guptill in the fourth over of the first day of the Test.
While there's an emphasis on the new playing conditions, the Test started on a sombre note to mark the one-year anniversary of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes' death. He was struck by a ball under the back of his helmet while batting during a match in Sydney and died two days later.
The pink ball looks like one of those old school wind balls I used to play with in the garden! So jokes! #DayNightTest— Stevie J (@StevieJ_23) November 27, 2015
Test cricket has given the red ball the pink slip. #DayNightTest— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) November 27, 2015