Proteas agree to pink ball Test in Aus


South Africa and Australia will play their Test in Adelaide in November under lights, as the Proteas have agreed to play with the pink ball after months of resistance to the idea.

According to the Cricket Australia website, the team boards have come to an agreement to have the Adelaide Oval game under lights, with the Proteas originally refusing to do so as they have no experience with the pink ball.

CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat said: "Following careful consideration and engagement with all our Test players, and acknowledging the need to exploit the potential of playing day-night Test match cricket, I am pleased to announce that we have agreed with Cricket Australia to proceed with this fixture.

"Our Proteas were initially hesitant to play such a key Test match without previous experience and adequate preparation but after working through all their concerns and the possible options to prepare sufficiently, there is new-found excitement for this novel Test match.  

"Our players deserve credit for the way they have worked through their concerns which were clearly not insignificant.

"I want to express appreciation to my counterpart, James Sutherland, for his understanding of the issues and willingness to accede to our requests for adequate preparation as well as to the South African Cricketers’ Association for their support and assistance in working through the issues."

Australia have relatively extensive experience in that regard, having played the first Day-Night Test against New Zealand last year and using the pink ball domestically. South Africa have been given two warm up games under lights ahead of the Test.

Proteas paceman Dale Steyn, when asked a few weeks ago about the matter, said a warm up game or two would be plenty: "Absolutely. I think maybe even one game so the boys can get accustomed to it.

"You can practice as much as you want in the nets but when you get out into the middle and there's pressure and all that kind of stuff you do tend to play differently.

"One first-class game, maybe two first-class games and it think the boys will be extremely into it."