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This trial of pink ball will take place before play, after play and during the innings break © Getty Images

Jan 12, 2015

Cricket Australia (CA) and Channel Nine are looking forward to do a pink-ball trial during the innings break of Sunday’s One-Day-International (ODI) against India in Melbourne. This trial will take place before play, after play and during the innings break. A new ball, 40-over ball and 80-over ball will be used.

Australia is looking forward to use pink ball in Test cricket in their next home series, in which they are supposed to play New Zealand in next November. Details of that series are yet to be confirmed, but the colour of the ball will switch from red to pink. It will be an unprecedented change for both players and broadcasters.  “To make sure from Nine’s perspective that everything shapes up well … to see how the ball comes up for a TV viewer,” CA chief executive James Sutherland reportedly said in Cricket Australia’s official website.

“They’re the sort of things that indicate we’re well advanced with our thinking.” The ball has been the biggest stumbling block for the concept, which Sutherland hopes will “help support and sustain the existence of Test cricket”.

CA tried similar things in recent Sheffield Shield games and after poor feedback initially, it became quite successful. “I’ve seen the balls used this season, how they’ve come back after being used. Outside the colour, there’s no difference to how the ball wears, the hardness and all of that. Anyone that is claiming anything different there, they’re certainly not looking at the balls for like-for-like comparisons. There’s increasing confidence that we’ll have something to show and something to confirm before halfway through this year.” he said.

We will provide all of our players and New Zealand players with warm-up matches under lights. We’ll be looking to schedule one or more tour games at night, depending on what New Zealand requests. We don’t see it just as an Australian initiative, we’re trying to take a leadership position … for more people around the world to attend and watch Test cricket,” Sutherland further added.