India vs Australia Adelaide Test Series 2020 - the pink cherry challengeWe'll have separate threads to discuss each Test match between Team India and Team Australia, the series beginning tomorrow at Adelaide. Instead of giving updates about the scores every now and then, let's focus more on interesting analytical discussions, such as on the players' performance, field placements, what we can expect on the next day, etc.
First off, let's talk about using the pink cherry, that too in a day-night Test match. When I looked up information about the pink ball, I found that the very first time it was used was in a women's match, when England defeated Australia in a one-day match. There were also trials at various cricket venues. The first day-night Test match was between Australia and New Zealand with the former winning within three days by three wickets at Adelaide.
It seems the pink ball is advantageous for pace bowlers due to its ability to swing more and, at night, with batsmen having to make a sudden adjustment to the artificial stadium lights, more wickets tend to fall. However, there have been high-scoring games as well, so it may not seem like only the bowlers will thrive. Even so, many countries have been reluctant to play with the pink ball, especially day-night matches and even India have agreed only quite late to at least try it out in local matches.
So do you think tomorrow's Test match will be likely one where a pace bowler will dominate and help his team to win? Or do you think the star batsmen of both teams are up to the challenge to face swings and get plenty of runs on the board?