Edgbaston to host England's first day/night test match

Edgbaston will host the first day/night test match next year. Credit: PA

The England & Wales Cricket Board has announced that Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham will host the England cricket team’s first ever day/night Test Match next year.

Taking place from Thursday 17 to Monday 21 August, England will face the West Indies in the first Test of the Investec Series, which will be played with a pink Dukes ball between the hours of 2pm until 9pm, subject to ICC clearance.

The occasion also marks a significant milestone for Edgbaston as the 50th Test Match in its 115-year history as an international venue.

Neil Snowball, Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said:

“Bringing day/night Test cricket to England is an innovative and very exciting development for the game, and we’re thrilled that Edgbaston will be the first venue to host a match played in this format.

“Edgbaston staged the UK’s first day/night domestic match in 1997 and has a great history of hosting and selling out some of the biggest fixtures in the game. In turn, the Edgbaston atmosphere and match day experience has become iconic, with England having a fantastic record of victories here."

Edgbaston hosting a T20 blast match during 2016. Credit: PA

The day/night format for the Investec Test Match follows a successful trial at Edgbaston in August, this year, where a Second XI Championship match was staged between Warwickshire and Worcestershire in similar conditions.

Australia and New Zealand contested the world’s first day/night Test Match in Adelaide in November 2015.