Brisbane must embrace day-night Test - Harris


Former Australia paceman Ryan Harris believes a day-night Test could save the five-day format in Brisbane.

The Queensland capital has regularly hosted the opening Test in Australia, but change appears on the cards.

A report in the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday said Perth was being considered as a potential replacement for the 2016-17 opener.

Harris, who played for Queensland and Australia, said it was a move that he understood.

"For the change, to keep Test cricket in Brisbane, if they have to do it, it's got to be done," he told SEN.

Harris, 36, said poor crowds in Brisbane had forced the change, but he believes it will take some getting used to.

"It's going to be different. I can see why they're doing it," he said.

"The crowds here in Brisbane haven't been great for the last couple of years and the success of the day-night Test in Adelaide was huge but it's dicing with history.

"I think we haven't been beaten in 28 years at the Gabba in the first Test of the summer. It's a big change.

"It's almost like clockwork, once you get picked in the Test squad and you know you're heading to Brisbane on a certain date, but this year it's going to be different, you're going to Perth."

Australia are set to host South Africa and Pakistan in their summer later this year.