No pink-ball Test for New Zealand against South Africa

Hopes of a New Zealand-South Africa day-night Test faded after scrapping of scheduled pink ball trial matches in domestic competition.

By: AP | Wellington | Published: January 14, 2016 5:05:18 pm
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New Zealand’s hope of playing a day-night cricket Test against South Africa in early 2017 has faded after the scrapping of a scheduled round of pink ball trial matches next month in New Zealand’s domestic first-class competition.

The attempt to play a round of day-night matches in the four-day Plunket Shield competition was shelved Thursday because lighting at one of the stadiums – McLean Park in Napier – was inadequate for the pink ball.

New Zealand Cricket’s head of cricket operations, Lindsay Crocker, told representatives of the first-class teams in a teleconference that the day-night Test against South Africa was now unlikely to go ahead.

Crocker said “my gut is that (South Africa) might be a bit early for us.”

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