We still remain committed to playing day-night Test cricket, says Sean Cary

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Lynn revealed that he found it hard to see the pink ball

Cricket Australia’s general manager of cricket operations Sean Cary has announced that the board is still committed to playing day-night cricket, despite complaints from domestic players about it being hard to see the pink ball.

Queensland batsman Chris Lynn stated that it was hard to see the white seam on the pink ball, while Victoria vice-captain and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade revealed that he believes day-night Test matches will not occur any time soon.

However, Cricket Australia remain committed to the notion and are set to host New Zealand for a day-night Test in 2015-16.

“The fans were really excited in both Adelaide and Melbourne,” Cary told ABC Grandstand. “We had some mixed views from the Gabba. I’m not sure if the lighting at the Gabba is slightly different to Adelaide Oval and the MCG. Some of the fans, and I was one of those on one of the nights up there, actually found it a bit more difficult to pick the ball up from the stands. But from the MCG and Adelaide Oval the pink ball shone out beautifully.

“The fact that we had two matches go pretty much to the death-knock with very exciting finishes, batsmen scoring centuries, spinners taking wickets and fast bowlers taking wickets, we believe we created a balanced approach…we certainly had balls wearing differently across the three venues and pleasingly none of the balls fell apart.”

Cary added that the Adelaide Oval would be the most logical choice for holding the inaugural international day-night Test match.

“We’ll have feedback for Kookaburra and hopefully they can continue to work on that pink ball and by November 2015 we should have a product that’s ready for international cricket,” he said. “We’re certainly working towards that. Our friends across the ditch in New Zealand are very keen for every opportunity to create a day-night Test match.

“We’ll have another opportunity in the summer of 2014-15 to continue the trial. Hopefully we’ll be able to schedule it in the early rounds, in November, which is when Australia is scheduled to play New Zealand in the 2015 three-Test match series.

“I think our next step would be to try and get a day-night Shield match down in Hobart to see how that goes, and look at the Gabba and Adelaide Oval again…Having just been to the three venues, I really found it a pleasant experience at both the MCG and Adelaide Oval.

“It was difficult to pick the pink ball up in Brisbane, it actually looked a little bit more orange than it did pink in Brisbane. So at this stage Adelaide Oval would be a great venue, but there’s so many different factors that have to pass under the bridge before we decide which ground it could be held at.”

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