Australia players would prefer one pink ball Test


The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) have told Cricket Australia (CA) that they would prefer that the Aussies only play one day/night Test later this year, instead of the proposed two.

Australia are scheduled to play Pakistan in a pink ball Test, starting on 15 December in Brisbane, while CA CEO James Sutherland said he is still engaging with South Africa to have the third Test of their series also played under lights.

However, ACA CEO Alistair Nicholson has already had a meeting with Sutherland but the issue will be discussed further when most of the Australian players return from the Indian Premier League.

Nicholson said: "The recent media regarding whether South Africa will or won't play a day-night Test is only one part of the equation. There are many other factors to be considered.

"The feedback we are receiving from our playing group is that there still remain concerns over day-night Tests and whilst there is acknowledgement that this format may grow the game, at this stage the players would prefer to only play one day-night Test in 2016-17.

"Pink-ball Tests are a fundamentally different game to traditional red-ball Test matches.

"We continue to be concerned about the durability and visibility of the pink ball, both the changing light conditions and the specifically prepared pitches are altering the conditions that the players are used to at each venue."