The first Test between New Zealand and England, starting at Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday, is the maiden day-night Test in New Zealand and only the ninth worldwide.
AFP Sport looks at five things we have learned in the brief history of Test cricket under lights:
Sri Lanka are the only team to win a day-night Test away when they beat Pakistan by 68 runs in Dubai last year. The other seven have all been home-ground victories. Sri Lanka scored 482 and 96 against Pakistan who replied with 262 and 248.
BAGGY GREENS IN THE PINK
Australia have played the most pink-ball Tests and are also the most successful side under day-night conditions with a 4-0 record. England and South Africa have both recorded a win and a loss, while the only other successful teams are Sri Lanka (1-0) and Pakistan (1-2).
MAKING LIGHT OF DUSK
Pakistan opener Azhar Ali showed changing light conditions need not be a problem when he compiled an unbeaten 302 against the West Indies in Dubai in October 2016. He batted for nearly 11 hours for what remains the highest score in a day-night Test. But he went for two in the second innings and five in the first innings of his next Test under lights against Australia two months later.
PAKISTAN PILE ON THE RUNS
The highest score in a pink-ball Test is Pakistan’s 579 for three declared in 155.3 overs when Azhar performed his heroics against the West Indies. Pakistan only managed 123 in the second innings – when Devendra Bishoo took eight for 49 – but held on to win by 56 runs.
The first pink-ball Test was played between New Zealand and Australia at Adelaide Oval in November 2015. New Zealand won the toss, elected to bat and ended up losing by three wickets.
Kevin Pietersen has decided to retire from all forms of cricket.
The former England international had been edging towards retirement for quite some time and made his decision clear through an Instagram post.
The 37-year-old played in 104 Tests for England and scored 23 hundreds, while amassing 8,181 Test runs.
Pietersen though, had become a T20 specialist over the last few years, and played an integral part in franchise cricket mainly for Quetta Gladiators in the PSL.
And while an eventful career comes to an end, stars from all around the globe congratulated Pietersen on his successful journey.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 19, 2018
I guess my #BringBackKP campaign is now officially retired too.
Kevin Pietersen was the best England batsman I’ve seen.
Though only the 2nd best to play at @NewickCC, as this picture confirms.
You were treated disgracefully @KP24 – but genius always annoys mediocre dullards. pic.twitter.com/dD3i3Xw6id
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 17, 2018
— Quetta Gladiators (@TeamQuetta) March 17, 2018
Well done @KP24 on an fantastic career … Not everyone’s Cup of Tea but you will do for me … Best Batsman I had the pleasure to play with … 1st England batsman that put fear into the Aussies .. #WellDone
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 16, 2018
Well done Kidda 👋👋👋👋what a career 🏏
— Darren Gough (@DGoughie) March 16, 2018
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 18, 2018
Well done mate..👊https://t.co/YUGSisOpx1
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) March 17, 2018
Thank you to @KP24 for all the entertainment. You were a special player. Your century in Mumbai is part of folklore. Wish you well.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 17, 2018
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 17, 2018
Congratulations @KP24 on a fantastic career… best player I was fortunate to play with & for me, the best batsman ever to play for England!!
— Stephen Harmison (@Harmy611) March 17, 2018
With @KP24 retiring, its an end of an era! I am honoured and glad to have had a chance to share the dressing room with him. Learned alot from this legend and will always cherish the experience of playing along side him #TOPLADpic.twitter.com/w1LnCBgah9
— Hassan Khan (@16hassankhan) March 17, 2018
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) March 16, 2018
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) March 18, 2018
Congratulations @KP24 for your wonderful career and thanks for the great entertainment everywhere .it would be a honoured and proud moment to bowle to you but couldn’t happened. Have a bright and successful future ahead 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻#Legend@KP24
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) March 18, 2018
Well done @KP24 on such a brilliant career!!! You have entertained millions of fans with your incredible talent! Best of luck for your future endeavours 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 16, 2018
— Ahmad Shahzad (@iamAhmadshahzad) March 17, 2018
Congrats on a phenomenal career, @KP24 !1 of England, legend! All the best on your next venture! You did light up the park wherever you played-your best cricketing moment was when you get the chance to open the batting with me, thank Piers for that! #Blessed#Peter#Champion👊🏿pic.twitter.com/T9cbakJDzi
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) March 17, 2018
— Grant Elliott (@grantelliottnz) March 17, 2018
Congrats @KP24 on an unreal career. One of the very best to watch. Great to share some amazing cricketing moments with you on and off to pitch. Good luck on the next chapter. 👍 pic.twitter.com/pzTOu65grl
— Luke Wright (@lukewright204) March 17, 2018
Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will learn the result of his appeal against a ban for the remaining two Tests against Australia within 48 hours following a hearing on Monday, Cricket South Africa said.
The hearing, via teleconference with judicial commissioner Michael Heron of New Zealand, lasted for more than five hours.
Cricket South Africa said the International Cricket Council would announce the outcome by Wednesday, the day before the start of the third Test against Australia. The series is currently 1-1.
Rabada, who has been highly influential in the two Tests so far, was given the ban for a physical contact with Australian captain Steve Smith during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.
Rabada’s brush with Smith led to him being given three demerit points which took him to the eight-point threshold that triggers an automatic two-Test ban.
South African captain Faf du Plessis attended the early part of the meeting before leaving to join the team but team manager Mohammed Moosajee and advocate Dali Mpofu remained with Rabada.
Australia’s tour has been marred by altercations on and off the field. In the first Test, the visitors’ vice-captain David Warner was involved in an altercation with South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock in a stairwell.
Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee said that while he did not want to see behaviour “crossing the line”, emotion and aggression were part of the game.
“In all honesty… we don’t want robots on the field,” Lee said.