‘The pink ball is here to stay, get over it’


Former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has urged players to stop moaning about the pink ball and get used to playing with it, as he doesn't imagine it will be replaced with anything else.

The pink ball has been used in day-night matches in recent weeks in preparation for the first day-night Test in Adelaide next month, between Australia and New Zealand, and the players have not been impressed.

Most players have said it deteriorates too quickly, and loses colour too fast, meaning it's tricky to see under lights once the ball gets scuffed up. They also say it's nearly impossible to shine on one side to get reverse swing.

But Harris, who is moving into the coaching sector, said on the CA website of the pink ball: "It's here to stay.

"It's new, it's like when Twenty20 came in, no one knew how it was going to go. Players had to adapt to it and that's what they will have to do here."

Of the warm-up games in Canberra, where the New Zealanders did better than the Aussies with the pink ball, Harris said it wasn't an accurate reflection of how the third Test in Adelaide would go, given the surfaces would be very different.

He added: "The results in Canberra weren't great, but that wicket was very abrasive, it wasn't the wicket you would get at Adelaide.

"It will be a challenge. The Kiwi guys have done a lot of experimenting with it in New Zealand and a couple of games here. Our guys have had bits and pieces.

"But it's not a massive advantage.

"They will both encounter problems with it or ways that they use it; it might not swing as long or might not reverse, that sort of stuff."