Pink ball should replace ‘pathetic’ red-ball in Tests, says Shane Warne


By: PTI | Adelaide |

December 17, 2020 7:31:57 pm

Shane Warne has recommended that the pink ball be used for all Test matches. (File)

Australia spin legend Shane Warne on Thursday made a robust pitch for the pink ball for use in all Test matches in place of the “pathetic” pink cherry that provides “nothing” to the bowler.

The pink ball, as of now, is simply used for Day/Night matches that grew to become part of the cricket in 2015.

“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,” Warne stated on ‘Fox Cricket’.

“The pink ball, you can actually see the ball easier, 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,” he added.

The Australian stated the pink ball doesn’t swing a lot for the bowlers except for the Dukes ball in England and will get smooth very quickly.

“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. Except for the Dukes ball in England, it has been rubbish.”

“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,” he added.

India and Australia are concerned in a Day-Night encounter on the Adelaide Oval because the four-Test sequence started Thursday.

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