Philander, who’s played 32 Tests, was firm in his stance that the South African team would be at too much of a disadvantage for a Test match under lights, even as Cricket Australia (CA) continue to push hard for the event, which proved financially lucrative when played last year.
”Before you play a Test you have to experiment on the domestic front. We haven’t done that. We would be going into a Day/Night’ Test blind were we to play,” Philander said on Wednesday.”As far as I’m concerned, I want to experiment before actually going there and doing it, so I’d probably not (want to play a Test).”
CA are pushing very hard for the match to be played and have tried to assuage the South African players, saying it would be willing to accommodate their concerns by having them play a three day game under lights before the Adelaide Test – scheduled to be the final match of the three Test series in November.
But Philander insisted that one match was insufficient preparation.”I don’t think playing one game (using a pink ball) is enough. We are all professional players and sometimes people think we are quick to adapt to everything, but as far as a pink ball is concerned, we will need a couple of games to get used to it,” said Philander.
Kagiso Rabada was slightly more relaxed about the issue, explaining he’d enjoy being part of an historic occasion, though he did agree with Philander that more preparation was needed and a lot of work was required to ensure a fairer contest between bat and ball.
”I’ve heard good things and I’ve heard bad things,” said one of cricket’s newest superstars. “Perhaps they need to look into it more and make it a bit more fair. From what I hear, it’s not a fair contest between bat and ball, and that’s what Test cricket should be about. However, the positive is it brings crowds in and I think they need to find a way to balance the two so that it’s good for cricket and good for publicising the sport.”
Last week, CA’s CEO, James Sutherland said it was “all systems go” from his organisation’s perspective as far as the pink ball Test was concerned. The match is scheduled to be played from November 24.
“We’re still working through a couple of things with our South African colleagues and their players’ association, but I’m very optimistic we’ll get there,” Sutherland told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Also last week, Dave Warner expressed concerns about the pink ball saying both batsmen and fielders had trouble tracking it during last year’s Test match between Australia and New Zealand, which was also played at the Adelaide Oval.
On that occasion CA had to put up prize-money of A$1-million (about R11-million) to ensure the players participated.That Test attracted crowds of over 100 000 people, was very popular on TV but lasted just three days, with the grounds-man having to prepare a ‘green’ pitch to ensure the ball didn’t get scuffed up too quickly. – The StarProteas seam bowler Vernon Philander says he does not want to play a Day/Night Test in Australia later this year.
Original source: Vern dead set against day/night Test