There is something extraordinary lined up for this week. There is a certain love and respect for Test cricket. Cricket boards around the world have been trying to protect it ever-since the introduction of T20 format. Cricket is fast paced now and there is an urgent need to adapt to the current era.
New Zealand is all set to take on Australia in the first ever Day-Night Test Match to be played with the revolutionary Pink ball at the Adelaide Oval starting this Friday in the Trans-Tasman series. According to the Cricket County, Coach Mike Hesson commented that “the clamor to bowl at night could be a key battle at Adelaide.”
“There’s definitely something to that (declaring to bowl at night),” he told reporters. ”If you think that’s the best chance to take a few early wickets. There’ll definitely be some tactical plays throughout the Test.”
“At night with the new ball it swings and probably more so than it does during the day,” Hesson said. ”That’s been very consistent over the past couple of years with the pink ball. Obviously, things can change pretty quickly at night. That was good for us to experience. We head to Adelaide knowing not everything but knowing enough.”
The Pink Ball’s ability to swing freely will make the final session of play more interesting. The first two sessions of play have always been hard for Batsmen in a test match but the pink ball might be more problematic for the Batsmen as many feel that the Pink ball deteriorates more quickly.
Cric Buzz quotes, “Kookaburra, which manufactures the balls used in Australia, say the difference between the red and pink versions is primarily a very fine film of extra paint used on the pink ball to help keep its colour. Kookaburra said the pink ball had gone through rigorous testing.”
“I don’t think any Test ball has gone through the level of testing and development that the pink ball has got and the number of trials and feedback,” Brett Elliott, the Kookaburra managing director said.
Here is a video showing how Pink Cricket Balls are made.
The Pink revolution for the 138-year-old test Cricket will finally unfold on Friday and both teams might have to come up with new strategies and thinking for the upcoming change.