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David Warner wants improvements made to the pink ball

David Warner wants improvements made to the pink ball
Visibility is one of the major concern for David Warner with the pink ball.
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Australian opening batsman David Warner has voiced his concerns over the visibility and durability of the pink ball and has called for improvements to be made.

Australia was the first team to play a day-night Test match along with New Zealand in November 2015 at the Adelaide Oval.

The match ended in three days with New Zealand succumbing to a three-wicket defeat while the bowlers completely dominated the proceedings.

Though Warner feels that the day-night Test concept is a “great spectacle”, he feels that improvements must be made to the pink ball in order for the players to embrace the format fully.

“The concept is fantastic and it is a great spectacle, but for those of us who play it, the most important thing is getting the ball right,” Warner told the Australian.

“It’s always going to be an issue because it is not a red ball.

“You can’t shine it up like you do a red ball and Test cricket has always been about using the red ball properly when you’re in the field.

“Looking after it to get swing is key and we can’t do that with a pink ball because it will not shine up.”

In April, the chief executive of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) Alistair Nicholson said that the players have concerns over the pink ball and that they preferred to play just one day-night Test in 2016.

Stating that the visibility of the pink ball is a real concern, Warner highlighted how tough it was for the batsmen to see the seam of the ball, especially during the twilight period.

Adding that it was very important for the batsmen to be able to watch the seam, closely, Warner also expressed that fielders at the boundary ropes also found it tough to spot the ball.

“It’s still hard to see during the twilight period,” he said.

“The guys on the side boundaries have trouble picking it up. You have to get that right.

“With the ball they used last year, there was no chance of seeing the seam.

“If you’re a batsman, it is critical to be able to see the seam as it gets closer to you so you can work out which way it is going to swing - if it does.”

Australia are currently scheduled to play one day-night Test match against Pakistan in December while the talks are ongoing to finalize another such fixture against South Africa.

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