‘Uncertain’ cricketers will eventually accept pink balls: Rogers

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Sydney, June 24 (IANS) Australia Test batsman Chris Rogers said on Wednesday while “uncertainty” over the pink ball concept remains amongst some cricketers, they will accept it in the future.

Rogers said his current Test teammates are apprehensive about the pink ball concept.

“There’s still a little bit of uncertainty I think,” Rogers was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Wednesday.

“A lot of guys still haven’t had a lot of experience with it – I don’t think (Test captain) Michael Clarke has actually played in a pink ball game so I would say that uncertainty is probably the biggest word. But we all know that this is the way of the future so you have to embrace it, that’s a given.”

“If it works that would be fantastic but we’ll have to see how it pans out,” he added.

While the final details of the Australia’ schedule are yet to be confirmed, it is expected that the first day-night Test will be staged during New Zealand’s tour in November with the Adelaide Oval firming as the likely venue.

Rogers, who has indicated that the current Ashes tour of England will be his Test swansong, had already ruled himself out of taking part in matches where the pink ball (which will replace the traditional red ball for Tests played under lights) was used because he is colour blind and admitted not being able to see the pink ball.

The 37-year-old chose to absent himself from his domestic team Victoria’s day-night matches, which were played with the pink ball at the end of last year.

“I think they (authorities) understand it a bit more now, particularly towards colour blind people but it’s still going to be very difficult for people like myself with vision difficulties,” Rogers said.

“So I don’t think it’s ideal. But if it’s the way of the future then you have to embrace it.”

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