Starc has pink ball concerns


Starc has pink ball concerns

The first ever day/night floodlit Test will take place between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide from November 27, with both governing bodies delivering a positive spin on the initiative.

It is hoped that revised playing times can help reinvigorate the longer format, drawing larger crowds and better television audiences in the evenings.

But Starc, who used a pink ball at the Adelaide Oval during a Sheffield Shield trial, has broken ranks by delivering a less-than-ringing endorsement of Kookaburra's current product.

"It's definitely not a red ball. It doesn't react anything like the red ball, in terms of swing and the hardness of it," he said.

"It goes soft pretty quickly, I didn't see a huge amount of reverse swing in that game and I don't think it swung from memory too much until the artificial light took over.

"I can understand why it's happening, and how we're trying to progress the game and evolve the game but I guess time will tell whether it works or not.

"I'm yet to be convinced. The other thing as well is, personally, I couldn't see the thing at night on the boundary...I couldn't see the ball, so I'm not sure how the crowd are going to see it."

Starc's views place him at odds with a poll commissioned by, which showed that a strong majority of respondents favoured the introduction of day/night Tests.

A total of 10,500 fans were polled, with 68 per cent supporting the concept compared to 21 per cent voting against and 11 per cent undecided.

Speaking earlier this year Kookaburra said it was confident its ball was Test ready after "extensive" testing.


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