Brisbane day-night Test confirmed as South Africa stall


South Africa are still stalling on a day-night Test in Australia, but Brisbane has been confirmed to host its first.

The Proteas, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are all taking on the hosts during their 2016-17 summer schedule.

The Gabba has lost the hosting rights for the opening Test of the schedule, but it will hold a day-nighter.

But Adelaide's day-night Test is in danger as South Africa continue to stall over a potential pink-ball match.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said he understood why the Proteas were considering their options.

"There is enormous expectation that we deliver another pink-ball Test match this summer in Adelaide," he said.

"Understandably, there is some concern from the South African players, but day-night Test cricket is all about the fans and a day-night match in Adelaide will be a bigger Test match crowd than the South African players will have ever experienced."

However, Brisbane will host its maiden day-night Test when Australia take on Pakistan starting December 15.

Sutherland said the Gabba was the perfect place for a pink-ball Test.

"We believe that Queensland's climate really lends itself to Test cricket in day-night conditions, making for a great fan experience," he said.

"Pakistan should be applauded for committing to and supporting the day-night Test initiative.

"Their current bowling line-up will put our batsmen to the test and I have no doubt this will be their major strength in the series.

"Day-night Test cricket, combined with this attack, will promise fans an exciting spectacle and we look forward to seeing a packed Gabba to welcome them."

That will be followed by the traditional Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.

South Africa are in Australia in November for Tests in Perth, Hobart and Adelaide, with New Zealand playing three one-day internationals after that series.

Pakistan will do battle with the hosts in five ODIs after their Test series before Sri Lanka arrive for three Twenty20s in February.