History prepares Aussies for pink ball

Scott Bailey
A lack of a pink ball warm-up match shouldn't impact Australia in the 2nd Test, Justin Langer says

History shows Australia will still take a pink-ball advantage to the Adelaide Oval despite going in without a proper day-night warm-up match against Pakistan.

Australian players have traditionally featured in a pink-ball Sheffield Shield round in weeks leading up to the day-night Test, aiding preparations.

However that has been missing for the past two seasons, with the majority of Australian players having not faced a pink ball since January.

Pakistan, in comparison, had a day-night match in Perth a fortnight ago, where their bowlers wreaked havoc with the pink ball against Australia A.

"When I was coaching Western Australia it was always nice to play day-night Shield games as well, but scheduling is such a complex issue," Australia's coach Justin Langer said.

"We see that in so many ways internationally and domestically I am sure if we could have fitted one in we would have.

"It is what it is, we will get on with it and play cricket."

History however suggests Australia haven't had previous trouble adapting.

They've played the most pink-ball cricket of any nation, with their five Test matches two more than any other nation has played under lights.

Australia are also unbeaten in all of those, having had the advantage of playing each of them at home with three in Adelaide and two at the Gabba.

Steve Smith has scored the most runs of any Australian facing the pink ball with 405 at 50.62, despite revealing this week he has trouble seeing it.

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali meanwhile holds the record for the most day-night runs, with the majority coming in a Dubai Test against the West Indies in 2016.

Australia had their first training session under lights at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

"The one thing about the modern day cricketer is they have got to adapt to a red ball, a pink ball, a white ball," Langer said.

"They have got to adapt to Test cricket, four day cricket, one day cricket, T20 cricket, the best players are able to do that.

"It's not just the pink ball, it's very different playing at the Gabba as it is playing at Adelaide Oval.

"We pride ourselves on being the best prepared team in the world and that doesn't just happen in the nets and leading up to it.

"We've got amazing data now, so we know exactly the lengths that we want to be hitting ,we know how most dismissals occur at the Adelaide Oval."