Philander lukewarm on pink ball

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South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander has given pink ball cricket a slightly lukewarm thumbs up, but feels the future will see more day-night Tests.

Philander, who was man of the series in his side’s two-one win over Australia, enjoyed the pink ball match in Adelaide, but would have liked more practice.

Australia won by seven wickets on day four, in large part due to their players using the pink ball domestically rather often.

Philander said: “I think we have to get used to the pink ball. We need to experiment with it a bit more.

“Obviously had two warm-up games but I don’t think that was sufficient time to get to get used to it, as a bowler.

“But there’s definitely a future for the pink ball Test.”

Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis was more upbeat about the match. When asked about the experience, he said it surpassed their admittedly low expectations.

He said: “(It was) a lot more positive than I thought it would be before we played it, and I think there’s a real future for it.”

The next day-night Test will again be in Australia, against Pakistan in December.

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