Burns: Batsmen have to treat pink ball differently


Ahead of the first ever day/night Test between Australia and New Zealand, Aussie batsman Joe Burns feels players have to treat the pink ball differently if they want to be successful.

The historic match starts at the Adelaide Oval on Friday and Burns, who will open the batting for the hosts, says he and others will have to adapt to the changes.

The right-handed Burns has been very successful when playing against the pink ball when it has been used in domestic cricket, having a highest score of 25 in seven innings.

Burns told reporters in Adelaide: "I've played a few games now and it's different to a red ball. I think you have to accept it's not going to play the same way as your red ball.

"So you can't kid yourself and go into it thinking that you can play the same way or prepare the same way.

"There are differences in the way the ball reacts, and at times visibility of the ball, but you have to have an open mind as a player and just accept there will be challenges along the way you have to make sure you can stand up to.

"When you're out in the middle you can't look for excuses with the ball, you get on and play the game and whatever is coming down at you, you have to make sure you're playing it as best you can."