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    The manufacturer of cricket’s new pink ball says it is ‘Test match ready’ – if the inaugural day-night Test goes ahead in Australia in November.

    Cricket Australia hopes to stage the first day-night Test against New Zealand later this year, with Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart the possible venues, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

    Kookaburra managing director Brett Elliot said he had been pleased with the results of extensive testing, including in the Sheffield Shield last season when a ball with a green seam was used.

    Elliot said the pink ball had been tested by CA, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Marylebone Cricket Club.

    South Africans get ready for CPL

    Sri Lanka allrounder Jeevan Mendis and South Africa fast bowler Marchant de Lange have been confirmed as replacements in the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad ahead of the start of the Caribbean Premier League on June 20, reports ESPNCricinfo.

    The two were brought in for Lasith Malinga and Justing Ontong, both of whom have been ruled out due to injury.

    Umar Akmal, the Pakistan batsman, and South Africa allrounder David Wiese will also join Amazon Warriors midway through the tournament to replace Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perera, who are expected to play for Sri Lanka against Pakistan in a five-ODI series beginning on July 11.

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