Kohli open to pink-ball test

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IN­DIA are open to play­ing a day-night test in Aus­tralia next year but there has to be proper plan­ning, skip­per Vi­rat Kohli said af­ter his team won their maiden pink-ball test against Bangladesh.

In­dia de­clined Aus­tralia’s of­fer to play a day-night test in Ade­laide last year, cit­ing lack of ex­pe­ri­ence, but took a lit­tle over two days to clinch their first pink-ball test, thrash­ing Bangladesh by an in­nings and 46 runs in Kolkata.

In­dia will play four Tests in Aus­tralia next sum­mer and are a strong chance of open­ing their sum­mer with a pink ball Test at the Gabba.

Aus­tralia cap­tain Tim Paine has said he’d like to play world No.1 Test side In­dia in Bris­bane

given they suc­cess­fully avoided a clash at the im­pos­ing venue last year in a four-Test se­ries they won 2-1.

“Well we’ll cer­tainly try (to play it in Bris­bane), but we’ll have to run that by Vi­rat,” Paine said af­ter his side racked up an in­nings win over Pak­istan on Sun­day.

“I’m sure we’ll get an an­swer from him at some stage.”

Kohli, how­ever, said it could not be on short no­tice.

“There has to be plan­ning for a pink-ball game,” Kohli said, point­ing to the strug­gle of a Bangladesh team whose pink-ball in­ex­pe­ri­ence was laid bare in their com­pre­hen­sive de­feat in Kolkata on Sun­day.

“We played on home con­di­tions. You ask Bangladesh and they’d have liked a prac­tice game be­fore this game.

“Just be­cause we know these con­di­tions and our bowlers are bowl­ing so well, we don’t really feel the chal­lenge.

“A good prac­tice game be­fore that and enough time to pre­pare, we’re open to any­thing. You can’t just play it on a short no­tice.”

Pink balls are used in all day-night tests for vis­i­bil­ity rea­sons, but be­have dif­fer­ently to the red ones, with play­ers hav­ing com­mented that they swing more and do not spin as much.

Kohli smashed 136 be­fore In­dia de­clared their first in­nings on 347-9 and his quicks wreaked havoc with the heav­ily lac­quered ball to rout Bangladesh.

Pic­ture: AFP

EF­FORT­LESS: In­dia's cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli plays a shot dur­ing sec­ond Test cricket se­ries be­tween In­dia and Bangladesh at the Eden Gar­dens cricket sta­dium in Kolkata.

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