Test cricket got a pulsating makeover as Australia claimed a thrilling three-wicket win over New Zealand in the first Test in the game's 138-year history to be played under lights. Thirty-seven wickets tumbled in three days as the pink ball dominated the bat, in stark contrast to the run-laden low-attended first two Tests in Brisbane and Perth.

The crowds loved the experience with a total attendance of 123,736 fans thronging into Adelaide Oval over the three lively days. The opening day gate of 47,441 was the biggest at the Adelaide Test since the famous 1932-33 'bodyline' series.

Host broadcaster, the Nine Network, was also beaming with 3.19 million prime-time TV viewers across the nation watching Sunday's last day, far more than normal for the third day of a Test. Rival skippers Steve Smith and Brendon McCullum were in unison about the success of the initiative.

"The whole Test match was a great innovation, it was a great spectacle, and to get 120,000 people through the gates in three days is absolutely amazing," said Australia's Smith. McCullum enthused: "It's a great concept. Overall, it's a roaring success - 120,000 people turning up over three days. People are voting with their feet. I think it's here to stay, which is great."

The glowing praise appeared to justify Cricket Australia's bold initiative and is emboldening them to flag the prospect of two more day-night Tests when South Africa and Pakistan tour next year. The national body see day-night cricket along with the luminous pink-ball as the panacea to arrest dwindling interest in the traditional five-day format.

Based on the initial evidence, day-night Tests look set to become part of global cricket schedules for years to come.

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