Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Tuesday that the pink ball Test from Dec. 2-6 will be the second match of the 2017-18 series with Brisbane´s Gabba hosting the opener from Nov. 23-27.
Sutherland added "We´re optimistic about it being played at the new Perth stadium."
"There are matters out of our control in that regard but by scheduling it for mid-December, we´ll give ourselves the best opportunity for that third test match to be played in the magnificent new stadium."
Perth will host the third Test from Dec. 14-18 either at the new Perth Stadium or, if the 60,000-seater arena is not ready in time, back at the 15,000-capacity WACA.
Melbourne and Sydney will stage the traditional Boxing Day (Dec. 26-30) and New Year´s (Jan. 4-8) matches respectively to round out the series.
The tourists will also play one-day internationals in the same five cities in January 2018, while New Zealand will co-host a Twenty20 series involving all three countries in February.
Sutherland, who has been a major proponent of pink-ball cricket, said consideration had not been given to playing two day-night Ashes matches and that Adelaide had been the natural choice after the success of the first two Tests there.
Smith came around during last month´s match against South Africa, played with an improved Kookaburra pink ball on a modified wicket, which allowed more of a contest between bat and ball than the maiden day-night Test against New Zealand in 2015.