Neither AB nor Steyn want D/N Test in Oz


South Africa veterans AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn are not, in fact, at odds over the prospect of a day-night Test against Australia later this year, with both saying they don't want the third Test of that series to be played under lights.

While Steyn had admitted to wanting to play a pink ball Test, and De Villiers was categorically opposed as it stands, they're not actually on different pages. Steyn later clarified his quotes, saying he meant in future, not in Adelaide.

The Proteas in general are not eager for that  potentially series-deciding match to be played at night, as they've never played with a pink ball. The Aussies have extensive experience with it, and the players feels they will be at a disadvantage.

De Villiers had told the Independent Newspapers: "At the moment we are not too keen on playing in the proposed day-night Test match due to a few concerns that have come from a number of sources involved in the maiden Test played last year.

"We had a meeting with Steve Smith and some of the Australian players when they toured here earlier this year and the consensus from our talks were that there are just too many unknowns, players from both teams were reluctant to go ahead with it.

"South Africa and Australia have a great cricketing rivalry and this is a series that we value, we could well be playing for an opportunity to regain the No.1 Test ranking so playing a day-night match is a fundamental change to the itinerary.

"The pink ball has had some issues with how it responds to 80 overs of Test cricket and that is one of the key issues that we feel plays a big role in the success of the day-night Test.

"The pitch also had to be 'doctored' to minimise the abrasive wear and tear to the pink ball, which seems to happen quicker than the red ball, and this is also an area we feel is a big factor in the run of play."