Pink-ball Tests suit Aussie bowlers

Scott Bailey
Australia's Mitchell Starc is cricket's most prolific wicket-taker in pink-ball Test matches

Australia's bowlers will hope fascination with the pink ball never ends.

Every year - except for when they play India - the Aussies roll into Adelaide for a day-night Test.

And every year, the focus is the same. There will be an update on how the pink ball has changed. How the lights have altered the attendance numbers and atmosphere at the Adelaide Oval.

Questions will be asked about any new tactics. Should teams declare and send their opponents in under lights?

What hasn't changed so far though is Australia's dominance, notably through their bowlers.

No team has made over 260 against Australia in Adelaide under lights, from six attempts.

"Our fast bowlers certainly enjoy bowling with it, particularly under the lights and the games go quite quickly," Australia's captain Tim Paine said.

"The bowlers are excited to be back in Adelaide and the wicket is probably the best drop-in in the world.

"It offers the fast bowlers something which is very rare for a drop-in."

At first glance the pitch for the second and final Test with Pakistan from Friday appears to have less grass cover than in previous years.

Curator Damian Hough has said he no longer makes allowances for the pink ball, preparing the pitch the same he would for a red-ball match.

"I think that wicket looks a little bit drier than the last pink-ball test we played against England," Paine said.

"But as we know the pink ball always offers enough."

Not that Paine is concerned on what effect it could have on his bowlers.

Mitchell Starc is arguably the best in the world with the pink ball. If the pitch is drier, the ball is likely to reverse earlier.

Starc has taken a record 26 wickets in day-night Tests, and pace partner Josh Hazlewood is second on the list with 21.

Cummins also boasts 13 wickets at 11.38, the best average of any bowler to have featured in multiple day-night Tests.

Even spinner Nathan Lyon's record in Adelaide is impressive, with the venue's former groundsman needing just two more scalps to go second on the list of all-time wicket-takers there.