England’s team is under a lot of pressure after the defeat in the first match of the Ashes Test series. The Test match at the Adelaide Oval will be a day and night match. The opening Test in Brisbane has left the England team more vulnerable and exposed due to their batting and fielding weakness. Rain has been seen to be the primary reason behind England’s defeat as there was not enough practice for the team due to rain which ultimately affected their preparation. For a captain like Joe Root, his decision will not be held responsible but the overall situation is not favorable as mentioned above.
Joe Root, who has played and experienced in international cricket, knows how to instill the moral to his teams. Recently, he added that his team needs to achieve very good in batting as well as fielding and also added that “we are game hard now, we are in the series”.
Coach Silverwood has hinted this week that their fast bowlers, known as Broad and Anderson, may make a comeback given the extra pace from the pink ball.
There is also speculation about Ben Strokes coming back to his form. The hero of the recent World Cup has been out of form for past six months and is yet to be fired. Ben Stokes is recovering from his recent finger injury and some other health issues.
For beginners and cricket lovers, pink was the color of agreement when manufacturers tried optic yellow and bright orange, which was easier to catch on the grass and higher by fielders, but batsmen noticed brown spots on the pitch. On the color of the seam, producer Kookaburra switched from dark green and white to black, with former Australia captain Steve Smith stating that the seam needs to be more visible with the ball.
All cricket balls are generally made of cork, rubber and wool threads using similar production techniques. The color of the dye on tanned cowhide, and the difference in ‘finishing’, determine what format the ball is used in. The traditional red colored test ball is dipped in water or dipped in grease to prevent seepage. On the other hand, this Day/Night Test cannot be done with a pink ball as the grease will reduce the fluorescent pink, affecting the ball’s visibility under lights. d/n the ball is also painted and sprayed with a thick coat of pink paint to keep it glowing all night, making it easy to spot for fielders, batsmen, fans in the stands and those watching the game on TV But it happens, but putting extra emphasis on the handling of the ball, especially with its pinkness, slows it down.
On the other hand, Root cautioned his team that they cannot be dependable on the ball (pink) to do miracles as they look to start their fight back at the Adelaide Oval. Disappointment at a nine-wicket loss in the first Test in Brisbane has gone down in history, as the tourists now plan to return to the series in Thursday’s day/night clash in South Australia.
It’s worth mentioning that Joe Root knows his team needs to find a way to improve, and sometimes, come up with something more concrete. This is a chance for the England team to brace themselves with victory.