Nov 21

South Africa in Australia for 3 Test Cricket Series, Including One Pink Ball Test Match

1st & 2nd Test

The 1st Test was held from the 3-7 November at the WACA Ground, Perth. South Africa won the Test by 177 runs. The 2nd Test will be held 12-16 November at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

3rd Test – 24-28 November 2016

The original suggestion of this 3rd Test at the Adelaide Oval being a day/night fixture was met with some reticence by the South African team, due to the match being played under lights using the pink ball. The Proteas’ inexperience with using a pink cricket ball led to this uncertainty and their initial reluctance.

The South African squad opened their Australia tour with a two-day practice match played under lights and will also play a second two-day match under lights between the 2nd and 3rd Tests, giving them maximum possible preparation and practice time using the pink balls.

The Australians have had significantly more experience playing under lights as they have trialled the pink Kookaburra in the Sheffield Shield for several years now. They also played the first ever day/night Test against New Zealand last summer.

The South Africa vs Australia day/night Test match will add something exciting for the fans, with different tactics coming into play. The pink balls are designed to be seen as the sun goes down and the stadium lights come on.

Adjustments have recently been made to the balls and they now incorporate a black seam which is hopefully easier to see, making this a great form of cricket to watch and play. You can purchase pink cricket balls online, allowing you to try out this day/night version of the game no matter what level you play the game at.

The fully hand sewn pink balls with a black seam are revolutionising the game of cricket and enabling matches to continue into the evenings, allowing for greater numbers of fans to watch the matches live. The 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia should be an exciting climax to the 3 Test Series.

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