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Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has refused to play in Victoria’s day-night Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania due to fatigue and his discomfort with using a pink ball.
Rogers, who is colour blind, stated that still needs to get accustomed to playing against a pink ball since he cannot see it very well.
However, Rogers has played against a pink ball in the past as it was used during an MCC match in Abu Dhabi in 2011.
“Given my last experience with day-night first-class cricket four years ago had its challenges for me, there are still a lot of unknowns and doubts about it from my perspective, so I’ve decided to sit this one out,” Rogers said. “I’ve played more first-class cricket than just about anyone in the world this year, so I don’t think sitting out one match for Victoria will affect me too much.
“I completely understand why this is being done. It’s for the future of Test cricket and Cricket Australia has made every effort to make the ball more visible. I just haven’t had the opportunity to practice with it because I’ve been playing so much.”
While sitting out of matches may look to be a sign of laziness to some, Cricket Australia’s team performance manager Pat Howard made it clear that Rogers’ decision to miss Victoria’s day-night match will not be used against him when the national selectors choose the Test team for the upcoming home series against India.
“The selectors have reiterated that no player is judged on one match,” Howard said. “The four-man selection panel rate players on their consistency over a period of time and particularly their ability to perform in pressure situations.
“Chris has decided not to play because of colour blindness which made it difficult for him to see the pink Duke ball while playing under lights in Abu Dhabi four seasons ago. However Chris has not practiced against what we believe is a new and improved pink Kookaburra ball to gauge whether he encounters the same problem. I have spoken to Chris about this but understand his concerns and respect his decision.”