Pietersen: Day-night Tests are 'just stupid'

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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has slammed the idea of day-night Tests as 'stupid', saying the conditions would be too different and the ball would be too affected, meaning a new set of stats would be required.

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has slammed the idea of day-night Tests as 'stupid', saying the conditions would be too different and the ball would be too affected, meaning a new set of stats would be required.

Pietersen, playing for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL right now, said that while he had not played with a pink ball, he couldn't imagine night Test cricket working, and said the ICC would need to make it a whole new format of the game.

Pietersen said in a Q and A organised by the Indian Express: "I have never played with the pink ball. And if they start playing day-night Test cricket, then they have to start new statistics because it's totally different.

"You've got Brett Lee running in at quarter to ten at night with the second new ball. I mean it's just stupid."

He continued: "I don't know if it'll work, but I am not a fan of it at all. If they want to play it, then it can be a new form of cricket, but they have to use new statistics for it for sure.

"If you are going to play day-night Test cricket in Durban, I can't see a ball spinning when the sun goes down, and the light comes on. I can see the ball seaming.

"On day five, spinners win you Test matches. But with the lights coming on, it will be seamers who will win you matches on day five. So I am not a fan of it at all."

Feedback from Australia, where the pink ball has been tried in Sheffield Shield games, has been mixed, but leaning towards the negative, especially relating to the pink ball.

Queensland batsman Chris Lynn told Cricinfo: "I found it hard when it was cloudy and then sunny. I couldn't see the seam very well as the ball got older. That made it hard against the balls that were swinging."

South Australia's Michael Klinger added: "The biggest difference is that once it gets softer, it doesn't come off the bat as well. A lot of shots off the middle of the bat, it feels like a tennis ball… it's a bit softer and guys are struggling to hit the ball through the field."

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