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South African cricketers don’t want to play with pink ball in day-night test

MELBOURNE: South Africa are unwilling to play a day-night Test with a pink ball during their upcoming tour of Australia as they have no experience with the pink ball compared to the Australian team, according to South African players association chief.

In an upcoming tour of South Africa will visit Australia in a three-Test match series in the home summer and Australia Cricket Board announced that they wanted one of the fixtures to be a day-night match last year.

New Zealand also played with Australia in the first day-night Test in November and but the match drew huge crowds and big television audiences players on both sides complained that the ball was not visible at times.

The pink ball has been developed for day-night Test cricket matches, which replaced the traditional red ball which mainly becomes too difficult for batsmen to see after dark.

Our players are not in favor of playing the game under those conditions, South African Board Chief Executive Tony Irish said in an interview to The Australian newspaper.

The main reason is we feel disadvantaged. Not one of our players who will compete in that Test has played Test match cricket, or any cricket, with a pink ball.

The reluctance to play is a sign of how much importance the South African players place on the series against Australia

New Zealand players had similar misgivings about last year’s fixture in Adelaide but were given an A$1 million ($777,000) sweetener by Cricket Australia to commit.

Organisers praised the Test a success, despite the fact that Australia won it in just three days.

Local fans and visitors traditionally well support tests matches in Adelaide, but the total attendance of 123,000 was a record in the city for a non-Ashes fixture.

Australia, who have also played with the pink ball in domestic Sheffield Shield matches, host Pakistan in a three-Test series in the coming home summer, with a match at Brisbane’s Gabba ground, tipped to be played under lights.

Australia Cricket Board will announce their summer schedule on Wednesday and declined to comment on South Africa’s reservations about the pink ball.

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