There is already enough excitement about the prospect of the Day and Night test to be played between Australia and New Zealand within a couple of months. But in order to acclimatize to the new conditions, it is essential to get used to playing with the pink Kookaburra ball. The New Zealand side has already begun practicing with the pink ball under lights.
According to their test batsman BJ Watling, the pink ball is very similar to the white ball used in the shorter formats of the game. Watling said that it was initially a bit difficult to adjust to the pink ball, as the seam is not completely visible. “I didn’t really catch any off the pitch today just a few drills. I couldn’t see the seam that well but we’ll find out tomorrow,” Watling said. “It felt very similar to a white ball. Under the black sky it felt like a white ball, where you lose a bit of depth perception,” said Watling.
In order to make the practice session as realistic, the Kiwi players began their practice with the pink ball at 8:30 PM. “The temperature is a bit different in Hamilton than what it will be in Adelaide in seven weeks, so there are a few factors we have to take into consideration,” he said. “There is a lot of work being done with this pink ball and I am just trying to get my head around it. It’s very exciting and the guys are looking forward to it,” Watling further added.
“It is good to start getting your head around the situation now, the boys are very excited,” he said. “We have a first-class game and a couple of warm-up games before the first red-ball Test so there is plenty of red-ball stuff,” Watling concluded.