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Aus vs Ind 2020: Shane Warne bats for pink-ball in all Test matches

Shane Warne

Cricket   |   December 18, 2020



Former Australian legendary spinner Shane Warne wants ICC to make a radical change in the Test matches. Currently the Day-Night Test matches are being played with pink-ball but Warne wants all the Test matches to be played with the pink-ball. Warne stated that the red-ball hardly does anything after 25 overs and it is important to keep the right balance between bat and ball.

Furthermore, the former magician leg-spinner added that the pink-ball is easier to sight for players as well as the crowd as compared to the red ball. Warne feels the pink-ball can be changed after 60 overs instead of typical 80 overs as it goes soft.

“I’ve been saying this for the last few years. I believe the pink ball should be used in all Test matches. Day games, not just day-night games, I think the pink ball you can actually see the ball easier, the crowd can see the ball easier. It generally does more than the red ball, and it looks fantastic on TV. So why not use a pink ball the whole time? 

“Maybe change it at 60 overs because it goes soft, but I’d be using the pink ball for every Test match so more of it I would say,” Shane Warne said while speaking on Fox Cricket’s The Big Break. 

The pink-ball has a better seam and it provides more assistance to the bowlers. In fact, we have seen that the batsmen generally dominate in the modern era as the pitches have gone flat. Thus, it is crucial for the ICC to maintain the right balance between bat and ball.

Meanwhile, Warne added that the red-ball hardly does anything after 25 overs and the bowlers have to work really hard to outsmart the batsmen.

”No more red ball, it doesn’t swing, it doesn’t do anything, goes soft after 25 overs. It has been pathetic for so long now. The pink ball can’t be any worse than what the red ball has been for Test cricket. We haven’t seen swing; we haven’t seen seam. Absolutely nothing. So let’s try the pink ball in Test cricket,” Warne added.

Meanwhile, it should be noted that we have seen more results in the red-ball version in the recent past due to improved run rates.

Australia and India are currently taking on each other in a pink-ball Test match at Adelaide Oval. India won the toss and they posted 233-6 after electing to bat first on the opening day. Kohli top scored with 74 runs whereas Mitchell Starc took two wickets for the hosts.


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