New Zealand players want to test `pink ball` before day-night Test

Wellington: The players union of New Zealand cricket team said that the `pink ball` needs to be tested by the squad before a day-night Test can go ahead.

According to, New Zealand Cricket along with Cricket Australia last week announced intentions to try to stage a day-night Test in Australia in November 2015. A pink ball which has undergone trials in countries including Australia would be used.

But, just days after the announcement, the Australian Cricketers` Association (ACA) said that the overwhelming majority of its players believed the ball wasn`t ready for the long format of the game.

Cricket Australia had trialed a pink ball in its four-day Sheffield Shield competition and will again this November.

ACA chief executive Paul Marsh said that only 11 per cent of players rated the trial of the pink ball a success and many said the ball went soft very quickly, didn`t swing, didn`t seam and didn`t reverse swing.

New Zealand Cricket Players` Association chief executive Heath Mills said there had been no trials in New Zealand and no chance for players to be surveyed about their opinions, which is necessary.