Pretty in pink

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November 28, 2016
Pretty in pink

MAN OF THE SERIES: Star Philander

SA loving day / night Test despite Adelaide defeat.

VERNON Philander says the Proteas enjoyed their first pink-ball Test, even thought they were on the losing side in Adelaide.

South Africa lost the third and final Test against Australia by seven wickets yesterday with a day to spare.

But they won the series 2-1 and Big Vern was named man of the series, thanks to his 12 wickets and 136 runs over the last three weeks.

He and pace partners Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott didn’t get the wickets needed to beat the Aussies this time around and Philander says they will still have to get used to playing with the new ball.

The Ravensmead ace says: “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.”

South Africa, whose reluctance to embrace the concept of day-night test cricket threatened to stall Australia’s charge into the future, were surprised by how much they enjoyed playing under the lights, captain Faf du Plessis said on Sunday.

Faf says: “It’s positive.

“A lot more positive than I thought it would be before we played it, and I think there’s a real future for it.”

Talking about Vern and his bowling attack, who stepped up after Dale Steyn got injured in the first Test, Faf hailed them as easy to lead.

He adds: “It’s very easy to captain with a bowling unit like that, you give them the ball and they don’t give the batsmen many scoring shots.

“But the great thing about our team is we’re prepared to go all the way and put in the hard yards.

“We’re not looking for special stuff, we just want to do the basics really well and our bowling attack has done that magnificently throughout the series.”

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