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  • 28 May
    导出博客文章Linda Zondi, CSAs convener of selectors, has suggested that South Africa should
    consider introducing pink-ball cricket at first-class level. This, he said,
    would help prepare players for the inevitable move towards more day-night Test
    cricket.From a selection point of view, it only makes common sense as we move on
    that guys need to familiarise themselves with the process, Zondi said. You
    cannot be in a position where at the international level, you play with a
    particular ball but then at franchise level, where you are selecting from, the
    guys are not.While Australia, India, England, Pakistan, Bangladesh and West
    Indies have all introduced some pink-ball matches into their domestic
    competitions, South Africas only first-class experience with it was four years
    ago in a match between franchise team Knights and provincial side North-West.
    The only member of the current South Africa squad who played in that match was
    Rilee Rossouw. Rossouw made 21 and 2 in the drawn game, during which issues were
    raised about the quality of the ball.The pink ball was used again during the
    group stages of the inaugural Africa T20 Cup in 2015 - a season-opening
    tournament played between the provincial semi-professional sides alongside a
    team each from Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia. After feedback from players, match
    officials and the host broadcaster, it was decided that white balls would be
    used for the knockout round. This years Africa T20 did not feature pink balls at
    all.South Africa have also not been tempted to experiment with it in a franchise
    match. It was only when they agreed to play a day-night Test on this Australia
    tour that their international players were exposed to the pink ball. South
    Africa A toured Australia in winter and sent opening batsmen Stephen Cook and
    Dean Elgar, middle-order man Temba Bavuma and opening bowler Vernon Philander to
    gain experience with the pink ball. Initially, Philander expressed concerns
    about the softness of the ball.He has since returned with the Test squad, who
    played in a pink-ball warm-up match in Adelaide before the series. There,
    Quinton de Kock downplayed the hype over the pink ball, saying he found it no
    different from any other colour ball because it was tricky to face upfront and
    then became easier.Kyle Abbott had similar views after the Hobart Test. It is
    not that much different to a red ball, or a white ball really for us. It is
    either going to swing or seam, he said. It all depends on the surface. It might
    nip. Under lights it did seem to nip a bit, but well just have to see when we
    get there because I think the conditions will be a little bit different.The
    Adelaide pitch is expected to have a fair amount of grass - a means of delaying
    the aging of the ball - which hints at an advantage for bowlers. South Africa,
    though, cant be too sure because their experience with the pink ball is limited
    to the matches they have played in Australia. Only Rossouw knows otherwise,
    although Zondi is hopeful that will change in future.The key is that within the
    franchise, within our structure, sooner or later it will be an idea to also make
    sure all those guys where we pick from are using the pink ball, Zondi said. Im
    not quite sure when it will happen because thats a different pipeline in terms
    of the guys who are dealing with it but we hope it will happen.While all major
    franchise grounds have the facilities for day-night first-class cricket, a
    potentially prohibitive cost will be that of turning the lights on. Electricity
    prices in South Africa have risen 10% in 2016 alone and most stadiums spend
    hundreds of thousands of Rands to use floodlights. The franchises and provinces
    are heavily funded by CSA so if domestic pink-ball cricket is to become a
    reality, the finances will need to be carefully assessed.
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