Pink ball a new challenge for SA in Adelaide

Think pink. South Africa will do plenty of just that in the coming days as they prepare to make their acquaintance with cricket’s newest toy.

South Africa will start their tour to Australia at the weekend with a day-night warm-up match using the pink ball at the Adelaide Oval.

The visitors will return to Adelaide next month for what could be the deciding game of the test series‚ to be played under the same conditions. That match will be SA’s first day-night test.

“I haven’t faced or thrown the pink ball around so it’s all pretty new to me‚” captain Faf du Plessis said yesterday after the squad’s arrival in Adelaide.

“I know some of the guys have pink balls in their kit‚ especially the bowlers.

“We’ve asked around a little bit and read the stuff other teams have been saying about the ball.”

Some of that intelligence has been gathered in-house‚ what with test squad members Stephen Cook‚ Dean Elgar‚ Temba Bavuma‚ Dane Vilas and Vernon Philander all having played a day-night first-class match on SA A’s tour to Australia in July and August.

“That’s why we sent guys like Cook and Philander on the A tour‚” coach Russell Domingo said.

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