The first ever international day-night test is going to start in just a few hours. The last test of the three test series between Australia and New Zealand will not only be played under lights, but will also sport the “Pink” ball, specifically created for the day-night version of the game.
Traditional white Kookaburra ball cannot be used in day-night tests due to the mandatory white uniform of the players. Kookaburra went through 16 different shades of pink before deciding on the current color. The ball has been extensively tested in playing conditions throughout the world and manufacturer maintains that the pink ball is qualitatively similar to the traditional red or the white ball. They have, however, raised concern that the ball might be difficult to see once dirt accumulates on it.
The cricketing is divided on this move by ICC but many believe that this is the best bet to save the dying format of test matches. The inaugural pink ball test is going to be held at the historic Adelaide Oval and an attendance of at least 50,000 is expected.
Australia is already 1 – 0 ahead in the series. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said he would try to expolit the advantages of bowling under lights.