The Ashes don’t need pink ball Test


Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is of the opinion that the Ashes has enough spectacle, without throwing a day/night Test into the mix.

The Ashes remain one of the few Test series to capture the imagination of the cricket viewing public in the T20 era, and Hazlewood believes that the tradition of the Ashes is strong enough that playing a pink ball Test is unnecessary.

The pace merchant told SEN Breakfast: “I think the Ashes are a big enough series in spectacle to leave it as a five traditional day tests with a red ball,

“I think with other test matches such as against New Zealand and South Africa, I think the pink ball is a great concept and adds excitement but the Ashes I think is big enough to keep the five red ball (Tests).”

The quick's statements come hot on the heels of comments by both England skipper Alastair Cook and Australia captain Steven Smith who agreed that a day/night Test in the Ashes was unwarranted.

The New South Welshman has stated, though, that he loves playing with the pink ball, with the conditions favouring quick bowlers his comments come as no surprise.

Speaking about the conditions in the first ever day/night Test Hazlewood said: “I think the way the wicket was last year with the Adelaide test, they left a fair bit of grass on it to protect the ball so it really helped the quicks,”

Hazlewood remarked that the pink ball moved around a lot, and the extra grass left on the pitch to protect the ball assisted seam movement: “The ball seamed around for the majority of the game and a little bit of swing as well."

Modern cricket has become increasingly weighted in favour of batsman, due to the increased need to entertain crowds, but the day/night test conditions offer the bowlers that little something extra something Hazlewood really enjoys:

“I think it’s pretty tough batting through that night period if the ball is still quite new so I’m obviously a fan of it. It brings me into the game quite a bit more and makes life easier for the quicks a little bit.”

South Africa have agreed to a day/night Test down under when the Proteas tour this November and plans are afoot to play more pink ball Tests in a bid to get the crowds back to Test cricket.