Pink, orange balls likely choice for day-night Tests

MELBOURNE, April 21: Pink and orange balls are likely options for day-night Test cricket while the International Cricket Council (ICC) continues its search for the elusive orbs.

Cricket Australia (CA) gave a bag full of pink and orange balls to the ICC so it can decide on a suitable ball for night Tests. The ICC says pink and orange balls have emerged as most likely options after testing in Australia, Pakistan and Abu Dhabi.

“Trials are aimed at determining sighting qualities of the different coloured balls during day, twilight and night conditions as well as their colour retention ability,” an ICC spokesman told The Australian. “The tests are mostly positive with some reservations around batting in twilight period,” he added.

“On the face of it, it appears to make little difference as to whether the ball is pink or orange.”

Inability to find a suitable ball is one of the main reasons which have barred CA from staging lucrative day-night Tests in prime TV time.