1 Jul 2015

Starc concerned about pink ball

7:48 am on 1 July 2015

The Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been critical of the pink ball that wil be used in the inaugural day-night cricket Test.

Mitchell Starc celebrating a wicket.

Mitchell Starc celebrating a wicket. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

There has long been murmurings about player dissent regarding the Adelaide Oval fixture against New Zealand in November.

New Zealand Cricket has voiced its concern about the ball, but say they're happy to give the whole concept a go.

Mitchell Starc said pink balls are a poor imitation of the red Kookaburras and near impossible to see from the boundary.

Starc said they don't want a ball that's not going to swing, it goes soft pretty quickly, it definitely reacts very, very differently to the red ball.

He said he's yet to be convinced, he can understand why it's happening and time will tell to see whether it works or not.

He added that if he couldn't see the pink ball at night on the boundary, he's not sure how the crowd are going to either.

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