Adam Voges adjusting to pink balls with Shield success in sights

The Western Warriors squad trained under lights with pink balls at the WACA Ground on Thursday night as Adam Voges’ side prepare for their experimental day-night Sheffield Shield match with Queensland at the Gabba starting on Monday.

The Warriors fly to Brisbane on Saturday, with the side top of the table and can book a spot in the Final with an outright win against the Bulls, and if third-placed New South Wales fail to collect any points against second-placed South Australia in Adelaide.

“It was good to be able to trial the pink balls under lights out in the middle and get an idea of how it’ll behave,” Voges said after training under lights with the pink balls. “It’s a bit early to tell, it’ll take a little while for the guys to adjust but we’ll know more after these four days and nights.

“There was a little bit of swing.” he added. “It wasn’t too bad to pick out of the bowler’s hand.

“(It was only) Twenty or 30 overs under lights in that condition, we’ll wait and see how it goes for four days.”

“As a player no (I’ve not played),” Voges admitted when he’d been asked of his experiences of day night first-class cricket. “We were in Adelaide for an Under-19’s carnival many years ago, WA played a day-night Shield game with the orange ball and I distinctly remember that.

“They swung around a fair bit. From what I saw last night, I’m hopeful these balls will behave more similarly to a red ball.

“It’s a great place to be at the moment,” the skipper continued. “We understand how important these next couple of weeks are, but we’ve been trying to stress there will be a lot of pressure over the few weeks but it could also be the best two-three weeks of our lives so that’s the attitude we’re taking over to Brisbane.

“We’ve got a really good record over there, we’re full of confidence.”

James Buttler

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