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    Warwickshire hope to play a Championship game under floodlights before the end of the season as they continue to explore the possibilities of staging Englands first day-night Test in 2017. Daniel Pribyl Jersey .The club hailed their first trial game, a second XI match against Worcestershire held this week, as a success, though there were some concerns about the deterioration of the pink balls utilised. Both sides scored 300 in their first innings, with the three-day game eventually ending in a draw.Warwickshire accept that time is running out if they are to have any hope of staging the Test between England and West Indies at the ground next August under lights. As a result, they would like to extend the trials as soon as possible and have identified the Championship match against Lancashire (scheduled to start on September 20) as a possibility. Both the ECB and Lancashire would have to agree to the move.There was no problem with visibility, Ian Blackwell, the former England allrounder who is now an umpire, told ESPNcricinfo. On a basic level, it was safe and there were no obvious issues for the batsmen, the fielders or us as umpires. The only issue was the wear of the balls.Two types of ball were used in the game. While both aged more in the way you might expect a white ball to deteriorate, the general view was the Dukes ball has fared slightly better than the Kookaburra. Players also reported that visibility of the Dukes ball, which has a more prominent, dark seam, was better than the Kookaburras relatively light, slight seam.Of particular concern was the scuffing of the ball. Most involved agreed that, due to the way the ball aged, there was no obvious way to shine the ball, making it impossible to gain either conventional or reverse swing. The pronounced seam on the Dukes ball did, at least, enable bowlers to gain some movement throughout and spinners might even find gripping it a little easier.One option that has been mooted, though not especially forcibly, it the possibility of changing the pink balls earlier than the 80-over mark used for red balls. Russell Warren, the other umpire in the game, pointed out that, in List A cricket, the white ball used to be changed at 35 overs and that now a new ball isused from each end.We couldnt find a way to buff the ball, William Porterfield, the Ireland batsman who captained Warwickshires 2nd XI in the game, said. It went soft pretty early. After about 30 overs it looked like a 70-over old red ball.The visibility was fine. If people think staging a Test under lights will bring in another 10,000 people, Id say go for it. Its a spectator sport and we have to be mindful of that.But youd want to see what happened at a higher level, against quicker, more skilful bowlers, before making that decision. It was a slightly different game due to the lack of shine, but from a players perspective it was fine.A delegation from the ECB including Kevin Shine, Andy Flower, David Parsons and Alan Fordham attended the game at various times, as did John Stephenson from the MCC, which has been at the forefront of tests into the viability of staging Test cricket under lights. They will now reflect on all the relevant feedback from the match and consider the best way to progress.Among the issues to consider might be the start times. This game finished at around 9.30pm each evening, meaning that there was only around 30 minutes of cricket played in true darkness. Dew was not a factor, though it had been an unusually warm week.It may also be that, on a more grassy pitch (this was the pitch used for the Test against Pakistan and the Royal London quarter-final match between Warwickshire and Essex) the balls may have fared a little better. The pitch for the first floodlit Test, the Adelaide game between Australia and New Zealand in November 2015, was a little more grassy than usual and was finished, in a three-wicket victory to Australia, within three days.If plans to stage the Test in 2017 do not come to fruition - and Warwickshire chief executive Neil Snowball rates them 50-50 at best - the opportunity may not come again until 2020. The TV audience in India, Englands visitors in high summer of 2018, will not be helped by later start times necessary for floodlit games, while it may well be considered that there is no need to stage an Ashes Test in 2019 under lights with full houses all but guaranteed. 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The spiritual leader of the Essendon Football Club is officially a born-again Bomber.Jobe Watson has locked in a return to AFL football, committing to the club he captained for six seasons before serving a year-long doping ban.The 31-year-old doesnt know how hell perform in the AFL next season or whether he will remain as skipper.But after a liberating gap year, the 31-year-old confirmed on Friday he would return in 2017 to continue his decorated career with the Bombers.Watson was one of 34 past and present Essendon players banned this season because of the clubs 2012 supplements scandal, and the last of the 12 current Bombers to declare his plans.He said if hed made a decision before his overseas break, the outcome would have been different.Certainly when I left I didnt think I would be back playing AFL, he said.I leant either way for a long time.Watson said he needed to escape the AFL bubble to work it out, spending time in New York City and on holidays abroad to clear his head.I had to get away and think about what I wanted to do with life, he said.I came back and wanted to see how I was feeling when I was back in Melbourne.After talking with really inspiring coach John Worsfold this week, Watson said he felt at peace with his decision.But he said he hadnt thought about thee captaincy, which will be voted on by players next year. 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Despite a commitment to fitness on his sabbatical, hes unsure whether he can recapture his best football.Im incredibly vain and New York is a competitive city so youve got to look your best when youre in New York, he laughed.Even if I wasnt going to play (in 2017) I prepared myself to come back and play.I didnt want the decision not to be mine and I felt it was a disservice not to come back in the best possible shape.The first time I touched a footy was when I got back here so I dont know how Im going to go.Watsons return means the club has secured 10 of the 12 banned Bombers, with only Michael Hibberd hoping to find a new AFL home at Melbourne and Tayte Pears pursuing a career in fire fighting.But the saga is not over for Watson.The 34 players have a last-gasp appeal in the Swiss legal system, and once resolved, the AFL Commission will decide if he should keep his 2012 Brownlow medal.Im at peace with where it has gone and where Im at, he said of the long-running saga.Watsons return was cheered by fellow teammates, with stand-in skipper Brendon Goddard saying he was over the moon. 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