Hussey and Petersen both seem to agree that traditional day-time Test cricket should not be tampered with
Australia veteran batsman Michael Hussey and South Africa opener Alviro Petersen have both announced that they are concerned about the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) authorisation of day-night Test matches since conditions can become one-sided real quick.
Hussey himself was part of a trial day-night Test match and he noted that once it started getting dark, the fair contest between bat and ball, which is what Test cricket is all about, had become extremely unbalanced.
“I’m not a fan of night Tests. I love Test match cricket how it is, I’m just worried that by playing night Test matches, sometimes there can be too much of an advantage depending on batting under lights or batting in the daytime. Having played quite a few day-night Shield games earlier in my career I did notice a big difference in batting in the daytime compared to batting at night time. I would hate a Test match to be decided by a team unluckily having to bat at the most difficult time. For me personally I would prefer to keep day Test matches,” Hussey said.
However, before day-night Test matches can be played, the ICC noted that both participating nations have to agree to do so, while also deciding on what time matches will start and end, and what type of ball should be used.
The other big question with day-night Tests is what colour ball should be used.
As of right now, the ICC seem to reckon that pink is the way to go, but there have been trials with yellow and orange balls from various manufacturers in the Sheffield Shield during the 1990s.
But, Hussey noted that both the orange and yellow balls had their own individual flaws.
“I started with a yellow ball, which I thought was okay, but in places like Sydney it did get a bit hard to see, the orange ball was a bit like a comet. That was not ideal as well, and I found that at night time it really went around corners. I haven’t really tried the pink ball but I believe that’s the next one they’re trialling, so we’ll have to wait and see,” Hussey added.
Meanwhile, Petersen noted that while he was playing for Glamorgan in a county match against Kent, the pink ball was not able to withstand 80 overs, as it lost its hardness and shape.
“I’m sure from a spectator point of view it would be quite nice but I think they’re still having problems with finding the right ball, a suitable ball for it, we’ll see how it goes, and at the moment we leave it up to the ICC. It’s new territory, I played in it last year when Glamorgan played Kent in an official first-class game under lights, I think we changed the ball about four times. From a player’s point of view it gets quite cold in the evenings but it was quite enjoyable. We’ve used a Kookaburra and we’ve used a Tiflex as well, and both of them didn’t really last long, so we’re not sure,” Petersen said.