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No problems with pink balls: SA captain


Cricketers have no reason to see red over pink balls which behave like white ones, says South Australian captain Travis Head.

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Head will lead a Redbacks outfit against a NSW side brimming with Test stars in a day-night Sheffield Shield opener starting on Wednesday at Adelaide Oval.

And the novice SA skipper believes the much-debated pink balls won’t be a problem.

“The pink ball probably plays a bit like the white ball,” Head said.

“The two games that we have played previously (with pink balls) has been great for people coming to watch.

“And it has been fine to play. The pink ball has held up well and it’s exciting again to play with it.

“We have got a packed NSW side that are pretty keen to get underway and play with the pink ball, so I think it’s exciting.”

Travis Head

Travis Head

Adelaide Oval will host the inaugural day-night Test with pink balls between Australia and New Zealand starting November 27.

SA played two day-night Shield games last year with pink balls and Head said the ball behaved similar to the white versions used in one-day cricket.

“It probably doesn’t swing as much as the red ball,” he said.

“The white ball swings for a bit then doesn’t and looks to reverse (swing) pretty quickly – I think that is similar to the pink ball in the games that I have played.

“It swings a little bit early then you look to try and get it to reverse, especially in Adelaide.”


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