Pink cricket ball to be tried at SCG

February 20th, 2009 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 20 (IANS) The first move towards a night cricket Test in Australia will take place when a radical new pink cricket ball is put on trial in celebrity Twenty20 at the Sydney Cricket Ground Sunday.
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh, who is also a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) technical committee, will introduce the ball this weekend and is keen to get feedback from the likes of former Test stars Matthew Hayden, Mark Taylor and Michael Slater.

Modern sporting market focuses on events after dark, so now the race is on to develop a ball that can last 90 overs and be seen under lights.

Cricket Australia (CA) spokesman Peter Young said he was keen to see how the pink ball performed and night Tests were a definite item on the governing body’s agenda.

He added that a pale blue ball had also been discussed, given the traditional red ball could not be seen at night and the white one-day ball became too dirty.

NSW and Australian spinner Beau Casson tested the ball at the nets Thursday against singer Shannon Noll and former Wallaby Matt Burke, who will both be in action Sunday.

“It looks and feels similar to a one-day ball, and it did swing at first,” Casson was quoted as saying in The Daily Telegraph.

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