Kohli open to pink-ball test
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.
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.