Philander, Rabada want more balance between bat and ball in day-night Tests

Philander, Rabada want more balance between bat and ball in day-night Tests
Vernon Philander wants to play a few games in domestic cricket with the pink ball.
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South African speedsters Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada have advocated for more balance between the bat and the ball in day-night Test format.

The day-night Test matches, which are played with a pink ball for better visibility, have drawn criticism for the need to shield the ball from going out of shape by preparing appropriate wickets.

With the long standing visibility concerns, the need to tailor the pitches with more grass has drawn the criticism of a few players in the recent past.

Currently, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa are in talks to organise a day-night Test later this year, but the Proteas are hesitant as they have no experience with the pink ball under the lights.

Voicing his concerns, Philander said that there is a need to play a few games in domestic cricket with the pink ball so that the South African players can get accustomed to the format.

“If you are going there, you need to have experimented on the domestic front,” Philander said at a sponsor announcement on Wednesday.

“We haven’t done that so it would be a total blind eye going into it.

“I would like to have experimented before you actually go and do it.

“You have to try and test the pink ball properly.

“We are all professional players and I think sometimes people think we are quick to adapt to everything.

“As far as the pink ball is concerned, you are going to need a few games to get used to it.”

In the first-ever day-night Test in November 2015 between Australia and South Africa, no team managed to go past the 250-run mark in the innings.

Australia wrapped up the victory in under three days with Josh Hazlewood taking home the man of the match award for his nine-wicket haul in the match.

Both Rabada and Philander are apprehensive about day-night Tests as they feel that the format does not have an equal balance between the bat and the ball.

“There are a lot of rumours of the ball being okay during the day and then at night being a bit difficult for batters,” said Philander.

“From what I hear, it’s not a fair contest between bat and ball and that should be Test cricket,” added Rabada.

Nevertheless, Rabada is supportive of day-night Test cricket, but has advocated for the organisers to find ways to balance the format better so that there can be a fair contest between the bat and the ball.

“I haven’t given it much thought but I wouldn’t mind playing in it.

“I’ve heard good things and I’ve heard bad things.

“Perhaps they need to look into it more and perhaps make it a bit more fair.

“The positive is that it brings crowds in.

“They need to find a way to balance the two, so that it’s good for cricket and good for publicising the sport.

“You need to find a way to come to a fair conclusion where both parties are happy.”

South Africa are scheduled to tour Australia in November for a three-match Test series which begins on 3rd November in Perth.

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