Sceptical players felt the buzz of Adelaide's biggest Test crowd since the Bodyline series but will reserve judgment on the pink ball and the day-night format until the end of a match that has already shown what is possible for cricket's future.
The gathering of 47,441 swelled notably as day bled into night, with the provision of $20 "twilight" tickets a major plus for spectators arriving after work. Both Peter Siddle and Trent Boult noted the momentous feeling of the day, but equally maintained the view that this is not Test cricket as they have known it, largely due to the behaviour of the pink ball.
There was a marked contest in good conditions for batting across the day. The ball barely moved in the air in the afternoon but bent around corners in the hands of Boult and Tim Southee in the final session under lights. Boult said the game had panned out more or less as expected, with the ball closer in characteristic to the white variety than the red. He also said that with New Zealand already planning their own pink-ball Test for next summer, he wanted to see more of this match before finalising his judgment.
"We need to see a bit more of it, to be honest," Boult said. "It was a great buzz out there, everyone could see that and it's amazing to be playing Test cricket in front of 50,000-odd people. We've got to see how this one goes and pans out, but it definitely is exciting for Test match cricket.
"I've had a couple of hit-outs with it during the day and at night, and the findings are it does tend to change a lot under lights and in the last session, it definitely swung around a little bit with the new ball and there was still a shade of it with it 22 overs old now. It is a different game under lights and we've got to come back tomorrow and hope to put a bit more pressure on them."
For Siddle, the fact he took his 200th Test wicket with a pink ball rather than a red ball seemed insignificant next to the fact he had done it in front of such a large and enthusiastic crowd. "That was the exciting thing for the boys, the atmosphere was amazing," he said. "I think from early on until the end of play there, the crowd was upbeat, especially when we were on a roll and getting a few wickets [and] especially walking down after the 200 down to the crowd on the boundary and the cheer.
"It was exciting for everyone. The Adelaide Test match has always been one of my favourites and to play it with a crowd like that definitely surprised a few boys, I think. We haven't spoken too much about it yet, in time through this Test match there may be a bit more spoken about it, maybe tomorrow morning and all that. But it was a great day, wasn't it? I think everyone here that came and witnessed what went on will be very impressed just with the whole experience.
"It [the pink ball] was slightly different to the red ball, you didn't get much swing early on but there was a bit of seam movement throughout the day, so a lot of comparisons with how it is with the white ball, but cricket in general, it was supported well here, and I'm sure it would have been on TV and all over the world. I think for cricket it's definitely been a great day."