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The 30-year-old Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc, who doesn’t love the pink-ball Test very much, has defended the pink-ball Test and wanted to experience it when India tours Australia in the upcoming summer.
While the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus is dominating the world, the cricket world is focusing on returning to the game safely. The ongoing pandemic has already forced to postpone many recent cricket events, and some of the near future events are also in danger to face the same fate, including the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020.
However, many confidently believe that the India tour of Australia in the late this year is very much possible. According to the FTP schedule, India will play three-match T20I series, three-match ODI series (part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League) and four-match Test series (part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship) in this Australia tour.
In the last Australia tour (2018/19), India denied playing a day/night pink-ball Test match against the hosts due to the lack of preparation time. While the Cricket Australia (CA) is now working hard to organise a day/night pink-ball Test match during the upcoming home Test series against India by providing proper preparation time, Mitchell Starc also calls for a pink-ball Test match in this forthcoming series.
Starc told reporters in a video call on Tuesday, “I think absolutely a pink ball Test in this series against India is a great thing.
“The fans love it, it creates a different aspect of the contest. I think bat and ball are a lot closer together.”
It’s no different to us going to India, and they’ve got the advantage there: Mitchell Starc added
Besides, Australia have played seven day/night pink-ball Test matches and won all of those matches, India have played an only day/night pink-ball Test, which was against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) in last November that India won by an innings and 46 runs.
Talking about their advantage in the day/night pink-ball Test match, Starc added, “India have obviously played a pink ball Test at home so they’re not completely foreign to it.
“I guess in terms of the advantage if you like, we do have a good record at home with the pink ball.
“It’s no different to us going to India and they’ve got the advantage there.”
Though Mitchell Starc earlier claimed that he didn’t like the day/night pink-ball Test match too much, he is the leading wicket-taker in this new format of Test cricket. The left-arm pacer has taken 42 wickets in seven day/night pink-ball Test matches.