Day-night Test Cricket (finally) becomes a reality! Viva pink ball! Viva!

Pink, it was love at first sight.

Pink, when I turn out the light.

Pink, it's like red but not quite.

And I think everything is going to be all right, no matter what we do tonight.

(Pink, Aerosmith)

A new era in Test Cricket – England’s greatest achievement – starts on 27 November.

Australia and New Zealand make history as they take each other on in the first ever day-night Test match.

This is despite the controversy surrounding the pink ball Kookaburra designed for the occasion.

The challenge was to create a ball that is visible under lights, but behaves and ages in a similar way to the red ball.

Many players, chief among them the new Ozzie captain Steve Smith, have complained about not being able to see the pink ball’s seam after facing it for the first time.

Nevertheless, Cricket Australia is going ahead with its plan to allow more fans to attend Test matches and watch on TV.

Tickets for all five days are flying, indicating an early success.


This article first appeared on 702 : Day-night Test Cricket (finally) becomes a reality! Viva pink ball! Viva!


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