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Are day-night Tests the future of the game?

Fans in a pool watch the day-night Test between Australia and Pakistan in Brisbane, December 2016
First Investec Test: England v West Indies
Venue: Edgbaston Dates: 17-21 August Start: 14:00 BST
Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW & online; in-play highlights & live text commentary on BBC Sport website & app

English cricket takes a step into the dark on Thursday with the first day-night Test played in the country as Joe Root’s side face West Indies at Edgbaston.

The opening game of a three-match series will be only the fifth Test anywhere to be played under the day-night format since Australia and New Zealand contested the first in Adelaide in November 2015.

The late start, finish and pink ball are still novelties in the five-day form of the game – but can we expect to see more floodlit matches as Tests fight to stay relevant in a cricketing era increasingly in thrall to the quick hits of Twenty20?

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