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Proteas reluctance put Australia’s day-night Test under threat

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Johannesburg : With Australia planning to host two more day-night Tests against South Africa and Pakistan, the Proteas’ players association chief, Tony Irish, has said that their players are not in favour of the Twilight game due to their inexperience against pink ball in night conditions.

Irish pointed out that players’ reluctance to play the pink-ball Test depicts the amount of importance they place on the series against Australia.

“Our players are not in favour of playing the game under those conditions.

The main reason is we feel disadvantaged. Not one of our players who will compete in that Test has played Test match cricket or any cricket with a pink ball,” Irish was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Cricket Australia is expected to announce the schedule for 2016-2017 international season tomorrow.

Australia will start their home series against South Africa with a Test at the WACA Stadium in Perth in November followed by a Test at Hobart, before eventually playing a day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Last year, New Zealand’s players had also expressed similar sentiments ahead of the inaugural day-night Test, but they later agreed to go ahead with the matches after being offered a 60-40 split between the winners and losers by Cricket Australia to settle the deal.

Australia will also host Pakistan in a three-match Test series, with the pink-ball game to be played in Brisbane followed by matches in Melbourne and Sydney. (ANI)

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