The first ever Day/Night test played between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in the previous summer was a colossal success. Test cricket witnessed the presence of a packed house and that made the organizers feel that Day and Night tests were the ultimate future of test cricket.
However, as Cricket Australia scheduled a Day and Night test against South Africa, the Proteas responded negatively, focusing on the shortcomings of the innovation. The South Africans highlighted the demerits of playing tests under lights with the lack of visibility being a major factor. With boards of both the nations eager to find a solution, Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh opened up on the prospects of a Day and Night test.
Marsh, who played a crucial role in Australia’s win in the first ever Day and Night test said that attacking right from the start against the pink ball wasn’t a proper solution. “These days Test wickets are quite flat and it’s certainly a grind for the bowlers,” Marsh told cricket.com.au. “We saw that when the (Adelaide Oval) wicket had a little bit in it, you had to rein in your shots and play the game in a different way or be really positive. “When a wicket is doing a bit like that there’s always going to be a good ball that has your name on it. “So you’ve got to be really positive without going over the top. That’s probably the biggest thing we all learnt,” said Marsh.
Reflecting back on that pink ball test against New Zealand last year, where Australia chased down a tricky total of 187 in the fourth innings, Marsh said, “I was really happy with the way I bowled in the second innings when Mitchell Starc went down with injury and I had to step up as a third seamer and I was able to get some big wickets for the team.” “That gave me a lot of confidence in my bowling because I worked extremely hard. “And even though I only made 20-odd in the second innings I batted with great intent. “It was a tricky period for us to get through and that little partnership I had with Shaun was also a great learning for me to go out there and play my natural game. “I know if I do that I know I’ll be able to score a few runs.”
While discussing the pink ball, Marsh said that the basics of the game were all the game and had to be considered. “The big thing is it’s the same game, it’s a cricket ball,” Marsh said. “As a bowler you’ve still got to put it in the right areas, as a batter you’ve got to watch the ball hard and score as many runs as you can. “The game itself doesn’t change it’s just the conditions that change. “We’re used to conditions changing on us all the time with the amount of cricket we play all around the world.”We don’t let that be a distraction to us. We just get on with it and try to win every game that we play.”