Edgbaston will host the first day-night Test match in England ©Getty Images

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that the first day-night Test match in the country will be played at Edgbaston.

England will entertain the West Indies under the floodlights at the Birmingham ground between August 17 and August 21 next year, with hours of play between 2pm and 9pm.

Pink balls will be used for the match, which will be the first in the Series, with players remaining in traditional white Test clothing.

The game will be the third day-night Test match to be played, with countries beginning to turn to the idea in a bid to revitalise the longest format of cricket.

Australia beat New Zealand by three wickets in the first day-night Test in Adelaide in November 2015, while Pakistan will play the West Indies in the second game in the United Arab Emirates next week.

"We’re excited by the prospect of staging our first ever day-night Test match," said ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.

Australia beat New Zealand in the first day-night Test last year ©Getty Images
Australia beat New Zealand in the first day-night Test last year ©Getty Images

"It’s a great opportunity to attract more fans to the game and see how staging Test cricket in the afternoon and evening fits with working patterns and modern lifestyles, whilst maintaining the deep tradition of Test cricket.

"We think it can help attract different fans and families to Test cricket and the innovation will certainly put the five-day game under the spotlight in a very busy summer for the game.

"A number of Test nations are looking at day-night Tests as a way of building further interest in our most traditional format. 

"We’re glad to be supporting that and adding to the understanding of how this might develop in different countries.

"Our partners can also see the clear opportunity and have been supportive as we build towards this big occasion next August.

"We would like to thank the West Indies Cricket Board and Warwickshire CCC in particular for their support. 

"Edgbaston has a great tradition of staging Test cricket and we’re really looking forward to working with them on this innovation."