Pink ball good to go with DRS technology

Australia

The pink ball is all set and ready to be used in the day-night Test in Adelaide after it came through the Decision Review System (DRS) test in a domestic match last week.

There were fears that the technology will not be able to pick up the magenta colour ball and that the match, between Australia and New Zealand, will have to be played without the DRS system.

However, Ian Taylor, the head of Animation Research, the company responsible for the ball tracking system, says it was all positive after the NSW and South Australia match.

Taylor said: "We had a lot of concerns after doing testing down here [in New Zealand] but actually under the conditions that were there and the pitch that was laid it was really encouraging.

"It was always about whether we could actually track it. What we'd been concerned about in the testing we'd done was we were having a lot of trouble tracking it, but with the right pitch and square it went really well.

"It was never just about the pink ball, it was about a whole combination of elements. The pitch was designed for the pink ball so that it maintained its colour much better.

"It definitely worked – we'd had no trouble tracking a pink ball in our testing, but once it lost colour it was very difficult. But on the pitch they'll be playing on in Adelaide it stayed pink.

"We were there for all four days, day and night, and everybody came out very positive. It's a huge relief."

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