AUSW vs INDW: Pink Ball Does Move Quite A Bit, Says Mithali Raj Ahead Of Their Day-Night Test
India captain Mithali Raj disclosed that the team had their first training session with the pink ball on Tuesday. She admitted that the experience of training with the pink ball was different as they
India captain Mithali Raj disclosed that the team had their first training session with the pink ball on Tuesday. She admitted that the experience of training with the pink ball was different as they are not used to seeing the pink ball often.
"The first training session that we had with the pink ball was yesterday. Yes, for everybody it was a little bit of a different experience because we are not so used to seeing a pink ball around. It does move quite a bit. I think that's pretty much the first impression of playing with a pink ball," said Mithali in a virtual media interaction on Wednesday.
Mithali added that the composition of the playing eleven ahead of the Indian women's team first-ever pink-ball Test at Metricon Stadium was still undecided. "There is a fair amount of grass on the wicket and it's a drop-in wicket. So, it will also be the first time we will be playing on the drop-in wickets. We are still yet to decide on the composition of the team. But looking at the wicket, pretty much everybody would want to go with a lot of seamers in the side."
Mithali acknowledged that more exposure with the pink ball during the pre-series camp of two weeks in Bangalore would have been helpful. "We were preparing for the one-day series back home in the Bangalore camp, so it was more to do with the white ball. Of course, we tried and played a few games under the lights to get used to the day-night Test and the one-off game (second ODI) of the one-day series."
"The preparation was more of the one-day format in the camp. Yeah, if we could have got a little more time between the last one-day (third ODI) and the Test, it would have been quite helpful. But, again, I understand it was shortened because of Covid-19 protocols."
Mithali, who is the most experienced Test player in the team with 11 Tests along with pacer Jhulan Goswami, backed for addition of first-class matches in the women's domestic calender. First-class competition in women's domestic calender have been absent after the 2017/18 season.
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