Melbourne - Australia paceman Josh
Hazlewood has expressed concerns about the safety of the pink ball to be used
in the maiden day-night test match against New Zealand.
Hazlewood said the ball was hard to see for
fielders square of the wicket late in the day and also felt it was behaving
more like the white ball of one-day cricket in its movement rather than the red
ball used in tests.
Hazlewood and his New South Wales team
mates had an evening practice session with the ball on Tuesday and the paceman
was left with a number of doubts.
"It was a little bit tough to see for
the square-on fielders, at point and square leg, it was a bit easier in front
of the wicket," he told local media.
"The time when the sun is setting,
those fielders square of the wicket, when there's someone like (New Zealand
captain) Brendon McCullum batting, it's going to come pretty quickly whether
you're at backward point or square leg.
"It's going to be tough to see and
hang on to. It might be a little bit dangerous but the more we use it ... the
more we will get used to it.
"It's going to take some getting used
to at this stage. We're adapting on the batting and bowling fronts, it's just
Australia will host New Zealand in the
first day-night test in Adelaide from Nov. 27 after years of research and work
on the pink ball.
Some purists have reservations about the
experiment, and Hazlewood's team mate and fellow paceman Mitchell Starc also complained
that it was sometimes hard to see and very different to the red one.
Hazlewood feared crowds might also have
trouble seeing the ball at twilight.
"If they can't see it, they'll ask
themselves what they're doing there watching," Hazlewood said. "It
will be interesting to see how it goes.
"I see a lot of similarities with the
white ball at the moment, the way it behaves at the start of the innings and
after 40-50 overs.
"It's going to be hard to buff up and
get that nice red shine like you would a normal red leather cricket ball, but
it's improved the last couple of years. Whether it's ready for test matches
we'll find out."
Players will get their hands on the pink
ball later on Friday in a day-night tour match in Canberra between the hosts'
Prime Minister's XI and the touring New Zealand side.