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Day-night cricket a step into the unknown for England

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 00:53

Day-night test cricket will be a step into the unknown for England cricketers

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 14, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND BOWLER STUART BROAD SAYING: "I just don't know what to expect. The Australian guys I know say that in that twilight period the Kookaburra ball nips around but then the pink ball county round the guys said the ball went quite soft quite quickly. So we're just going to have to be so adaptable on the day I think." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND BOWLER STUART BROAD SAYING: "The exciting thing as a player is that we're going in with a completely clear mind, we're completely learning on the job almost. I think the team that will come out most successful this week is the team that reacts quicker." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND WICKETKEEPER JONNY BAIRSTOW SAYING: "Yes it does go pretty soft pretty quickly, so as Stu said we're going to have to adapt really quickly as to how we go about our business and yes it's going to be a learning curve." STORY: England and the touring West Indies side face a step into the unknown when they face each other in the first day-night test match to be played in the country with a pink Dukes ball under lights at Edgbaston on Thursday (August 17). At a press conference in London on Monday, England seamer Stuart Broad admitted that players on both sides will have to learn as they go, never having used the pink ball in English conditions. "I just don't know what to expect. The Australian guys I know say that in that twilight perios the Kookaburra ball nips around but then the pink ball county round the guys said the ball went quite soft quite quickly. So we're just going to have to be so adaptable on the day I think," he said. "The exciting thing as a player is that we're going in with a completely clear mind, we're completely learning on the job almost. I think the team that will come out most successful this week is the team that reacts quicker." England go into the series as favourites after their recent 3-1 victory over South Africa. The series will be the second as captain for Joe Root, who will be keen to build on his winning start in the job.

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Day-night cricket a step into the unknown for England

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 00:53