Watling: Pink ball very similar to the white ball

New Zealand

New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling said the pink ball is 'very similar to a white ball' after a training session in Hamilton on Wednesday.

The Black Caps' Test squad have started to train in the evenings with the pink ball in preparation for the first-ever day/night Test at the Adelaide Oval on 13 November.

Australia will host the Black Caps in a three-match Test series with the third game in Adelaide in line to make history. Watling's verdict on the pink ball is that it is quite similar to the white ball that is used in limited-overs cricket.

The 30 year-old Watling said: "I didn't really catch any off the pitch today just a few drills. I couldn't see the seam that well but we'll find out tomorrow.

"It felt very similar to a white ball. Under the black sky it felt like a white ball, where you lose a bit of depth perception.

"The temperature is a bit different in Hamilton than what it will be in Adelaide in seven weeks, so there are a few factors we have to take into consideration.

"There is a lot of work being done with this pink ball and I am just trying to get my head around it. It's very exciting and the guys are looking forward to it.

"It is good to start getting your head around the situation now, the boys are very excited. We have a first-class game and a couple of warm-up games before the first red-ball Test so there is plenty of red-ball stuff."

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