Russell Domingo is confident his side will cope with the pink ball ahead of their first-ever day-night Test.
The Proteas will take on Australia in their first ever pink-ball encounter in the final Test match at Adelaide Oval on November 24. Australia go into the match with a slight advantage, carrying some experience from when they took on New Zealand in the first ever day-night Test in November last year.
‘I watched a bit of the pink-ball match with Pakistan and West Indies,’ Domingo said upon his side’s departure from Johannesburg on Sunday.
‘The new ball was taken and I watched the first seven or eight overs and it definitely looked like it was swinging a bit.
‘A lot of our players played with the pink ball on the SA A tour (in Australia) and they’ve given us some feedback.
‘It’s an exciting time and we’re looking forward to it.’
Domingo said the pink ball has been a part of a few high-scoring matches, but it tends to lose its shine at quite a rapid rate.
‘I don’t know if it’s going to last five days,’ said Domingo.
‘They’ve got to leave some grass on the wicket because the pink ball has a history of scuffing up very quickly.
‘We’ve also learnt that it’s very tough to bat under lights and the ball does move around.
‘We’ve got a few day-night games lined up. One in Melbourne and one in Adelaide. So we’ll have at least four days with the pink ball, under lights in similar conditions which will benefit us massively.
‘It’s an exciting Test match. Our squad is looking forward to it. Especially the bowlers; they’re licking their lips. I don’t know about the batters but it’s something to look forward to.’
The Proteas’ first taste of pink-ball action commences on Saturday with a two-day match against a Cricket Australia XI. The first Test takes place at the WACA on November 3.