07 October 2015

Seddon Park to test new pink ball

Fans are invited to Seddon Park this Thursday and Friday night as the BLACKCAPS experiment with the new pink Kookaburra Test Match ball under lights.

The pink ball was developed in preparation for the historic Day/Night Test Match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, starting on 27th November. The warm-up training exercise will see the BLACKCAPS testing the visibility of the ball in both daylight and under lights, which begins at 2pm both days and will end at around 9pm. Most of the key BLACKCAP players will be in attendance (excluding captain Brendon McCullum) to see how the new ball plays under lights.

The general public are welcome and are encouraged to attend and form their own opinion on the ball’s performance.

“This is a great opportunity to view the future of Test Cricket” said Peter Roach, CEO of Northern Districts Cricket.

“As a spectator you will be able to see the BLACKCAPS learning how to handle the new ball - the swing and the visibility will need to be tested fully in preparation for the upcoming series.

“We’re excited to see it in real life, and to get a glimpse of how the players handle it will be a fantastic insight to the inaugural Test Match in Adelaide. If that goes well, who knows, the next time we see the pink ball might be in a Test match at Seddon Park!”

WATCH: Tim Southee speak about the pink ball preparation.

Entry is free, although no food or drink will be available for purchase. 

As part of the weekend of cricket, fans can also meet members of the BLACKCAPS, WHITE FERNS, SKYCITY Northern Knights and Northern Spirit players at the final New Zealand Post Superstar Cricket Roadshow Event. This has been touring the country for the past two weeks and culminates in Hamilton at Claudelands Arena, this Saturday 10 October from 11am to 3pm. Entry is free.

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