Oz Test dilemma

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June 8, 2016
Oz Test dilemma

UNPREPARED: Proteas Vernon Philander.

Proteas hesitant about going into a match without proper acclimatisation to the pink ball under lights.

Whether the third Test between South Africa and Australia in Adelaide will be played under lights could be decided today.

Cricket Australia (CA) is pushing to have the match played as a day-night match under lights with a pink ball, but a number of South African players and staff are firmly against the idea.

Tony Irish, CEO of the South African Cricketers’ Association, tells ESPNcricinfo that the player body is “still dealing with the issue”, and will have a “final decision one way or the other”.

Proteas fast bowler Vernon Philander, like Kagiso Rabada and a number of Proteas players including captain AB de Villiers, are hesitant about going into a match without proper acclimatisation to the pink ball under lights.

Vern says: “You first have to experiment with it on the domestic front and we haven’t done that.

“So it will be like going into the game blind.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’d like to experiment with it first before going into such an important game.”

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