Paine wants pink-ball critics to accept it

Scott Bailey
Pat Cummins displays the pink cricket ball - his captain Tim Paine says it is here to stay

Pink-ball critics need to accept it will have its own characteristics and get on with embracing it for the growth of Test cricket, according to Tim Paine.

Australia maintained their unbeaten record in day-night Tests with their innings-and-48-run thumping of Pakistan in Adelaide, and have another one next week against New Zealand in Perth.

As always, the pink Kookaburra provided plenty of debate.

Players claimed it went soft as it only swung when it was brand new, on a wicket that looked more like a traditional Test strip than the green ones usually offered up for day-night Tests.

Again, bowlers also looked far more dangerous under lights with Australia twice ripping through Pakistan's top order.

Paine himself also spoke about the difference in the field, and challenges picking up the pace of the ball as a wicketkeeper.

But both he and coach Justin Langer are staunch supporters of the day-night Test, after more than 90,000 people attended Adelaide Oval over four days.

"What we want is people watching Test match cricket and I think the pink ball day night Test certainly makes that happen," Paine said.

"It's bringing new people to the game.

"I think what we need to stop doing is trying to compare the pink ball to the red ball. It's not going to behave the same, it isn't the same ball.

"It's going to behave like a pink ball. And at the moment it's relatively new and we're getting used to it.

"It's just something players will adapt to and get better at but in terms of the product I think it's good to watch.

The Australians will carry the significant advantage of experience into the Perth Test against the Kiwis.

While they have played six day-night Tests and the Optus Stadium clash will mark their second in a row, New Zealand have played just two with their most recent in March 2018.

Regardless, Paine argues the best players will always find a way to succeed with Mitchell Starc, David Warner and Steve Smith's record with it proof of that.