Southee keen to acclimatise ahead of pink ball Test


New Zealand seam bowler Tim Southee wants to get a head start on opponents Australia before the two countries battle in the first day/night Test match.

The historic match, which will be the third match of a three-Test series, will be played at the Adelaide Oval starting on 27 November.

Southee, who is currently 10th in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers, admits that the Black Caps do not have the facilities to get enough training for night Tests but they will make a way to get acclimatised.

The 36 year-old Southee told The New Zealand Herald: "Now it's confirmed we have to work out ways to train so we get a jump on the Aussies.

"It's tough because none of our grounds have lights in the nets but it's a chance to be part of history. We need to seize the initiative."

The Kiwis will get a two-day open-wicket practice in Hamilton next month and a two-day match under lights in Perth ahead of the day-night Test, while a pink ball will also be used when they meet the Prime Minister’s XI in a one-day match at Manuka Oval on 23 October.

New Zealand Cricket's head of cricket, Lindsay Crocker said: "The match in Hamilton will be designed so batsmen can play against the best bowlers during those times.

"For instance, you wouldn't want Kane [Williamson] getting out first ball and that being his only chance. We don't have any suitable net facilities but I believe there are some in Queensland to practice under lights.

"However, we want to concentrate on the red ball until the end of the second Test so we're not blurring things."