Former Australian all-rounder Dean Jones feels that the pink-ball will be a ‘catalyst’ that will help Test cricket survive and will eventually be accepted by the players and the audience.
“When the first ever day-night one-day was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) a lot of players said how they could not pick the ball under lights. But they had to adapt to it,” Jones said an an event in Kolkata on Thursday, where he was flanked by Indian legends Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman.
“Now the lights have massively improved and pink ball cricket will be a reality everywhere. Pink ball is here to stay. It is a matter of getting used to it.”
“It is not that pink-ball will save Test cricket but it will be a catalyst,” he added.
Jones said the first ever day-night Test which was held at Adelaide last November between Australia and New Zealand witnessed huge footfall and believes the new innovation will be a success.
“The Test was brilliant. On an average there are 1.8 million followers of an Australian Test match. But during the day-nighter there were 3.7 million followers,” Jones said.
Jones further said that he wanted to see an even contest between the bat and ball with the pink ball swinging and spinning more.