• Day-night Test in doubt

    The Proteas believe they will be disadvantaged by the pink ball if the day-night Test against Australia goes ahead.

    The Test in Adelaide in December is in doubt after Proteas players’ expressed concern about their lack of experience playing with a pink ball.

    Despite Cricket Australia reportedly having offered the Proteas a trial day-night match ahead of the Adelaide Test, South African Players’ association’s Tony Irish said the team were unlikely to accept.

    ‘Our players are not in favour of playing the game under those conditions,’ Irish told Australia’s News Limited. ‘The main reason is we feel disadvantaged. Not one of our players who will compete in that Test has played Test match cricket or any cricket with a pink ball.’

    Australia have already played a day-night Test, at the same venue, when they hosted New Zealand at the end of 2015.

    Pakistan, who are also likely to play a day-night Test in Australia at the end of the year, have not expressed the same concerns as the South Africans.

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    Tyrone Engel