Kohli open to pink-ball test in Australia

Amlan Chakraborty
India's Virat Kohli has not ruled out playing Australia under lights at the Gabba

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.

Kohli revealed how they tweaked their approach to the first two sessions after a suggestion from batting great Sachin Tendulkar to overcome the challenge of batting under lights.

"I spoke to him on the evening of the first day and he made a very interesting point -- that with the pink ball, you have to treat the second session like the morning session of a normal test when it's getting darker and the ball starts to swing and seam," he said.

"So your planning changes, your declaration strategy and timing, everything changes. As a batsman, your setup changes.

"Even if you are set and batting well, as soon as it gets dark and lights are on, you can be in trouble."