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SA experiments with pink balls

South Africa became the third ICC member to test pink balls in four-day day/night games, analysing issues such as rapid ball deterioration and likely bowler advantage during the trial game.

cricket Updated: Sep 06, 2012 00:49 IST

South Africa became the third ICC member to test pink balls in four-day day/night games, analysing issues such as rapid ball deterioration and likely bowler advantage during the trial game. The experiment in Potchefstroom was similar to trials conducted by Pakistan and Australia a few years ago.

The playing conditions saw each day's play starting at 14:30 going right up until 21:30. Cricket South Africa (CSA) match referee, Devdas Govindjee, has been tasked to gather information during the game. The one area that will need attention, according to Govindjee, is the monitoring of the pink ball that was used in conjunction with black sight screens.

"We've had three balls being used in the match so far, after the seam in the first ball split, while the colour of the second ball faded," Govindjee said on the second day of the game.