NZ vs ENG 2018: James Anderson says that the pink ball at Auckland is ‘harder to swing’

Anderson has picked up 3 wickets so far.

Anderson said it was difficult to bowl with the Pink ball. (SkySports)

The pink ball was seen as a revolutionary development in test cricket. It gave an all-new dimension to Test cricket as it started the practice of watching Test cricket under the night sky. 

Just 23.1 overs were possible on Friday in Auckland as the Black Caps advanced from 175-3 to 229-4, extending their lead to 171 after the tourists’ shambolic collapse to 58 all out on day one.

“It’s hard to swing a ball that’s not round, that’s why we’ve been trying to get it changed,” he told Sky Sports.

“The umpires have got the silver hoop things that if the ball goes through then they’re happy with it.Even the second new ball we got was out of shape - it went through the rings and even [umpire] Paul Reiffelsaid ‘yes, it’s not round but it’s gone through the rings’ so he can’t change it. The umpires know the shape’s not great.”

England's batting collapse in the first innings left the team management surprised with coach Trevor Bayliss taking it as a setback. Anderson said on the same  “It’s something as a batting group where I’m sure there’s already been chats in the dressing room and there will be further chats throughout this series to how we stop this happening again and how we can perform better and counter some fantastic bowling from the opposition, which you’re going to come up against in international cricket.That’s down to us as a team, using the coaches and the footage, to find out how we do that.”


By Anshuman Roy - 24 Mar, 2018

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