“Only difference is different color” : Australia coach Justin Langer

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Australia will take on Pakistan in their second Test of the series which is a Day-Night game. Team Australia head coach Justin Langer said a return to Pink Ball match is about an evolution rather than a revolution.

The second Test match will be starting on Friday. Australia will have two back-to-back Tests with a pink ball, with the series opener against New Zealand in Perth next month also being a Day-Night clash. Australia has played more Day-Night Tests than any other nation.

Speaking on the game, Langer said: “It’s just adjusting. The only difference is the different color and the best players adapt to it. I can’t see that a specialist pink-ball team happening. They’ve got to adapt to a red ball, a pink ball and a white ball. They’ve got to adapt to Test cricket, four-day cricket, one-day cricket, and T20 cricket. The best players are able to do that, and the best teams are able to do that,” IANS quotes Langer as saying. In the first Test at Brisbane, Australia had thrashed the visitors by an innings and 5 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Australia took their first look at Kookaburra’s newest pink cricket ball on Wednesday evening and prepared for yet another change of format this summer. 

A closer inspection of the numbers from Australian cricket’s latest venture into Day-Night first-class cricket support Langer’s belief that the leading red-ball players are also the best with the pink ball.

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