Australia star ready to play pink-ball game despite being colour blind


Matthew Wade, the wicket-keeper batsman of Australia was one of two lucky cricketers to be recalled to the national Test team for stabilizing the sinking ship.

The left-hander, who last played a Test match in 2013, was recalled to the squad to replace Peter Nevill for the third and last Test against the South Africans. The last time, he was dropped due to his sloppy glovework.

While talking to a group of journalists in Adelaide on Tuesday he said that he was sure of adapting to the day-night Test match despite facing vision problems for quite some time now.

“I played pink ball at the Adelaide Oval last year in a Shield game, so it’ll be interesting to see what it does in the Test arena. You’ve just got to get used to it,” he was quoted as saying.

The southpaw is suffering from colour blindness but is sure enough that he won’t let his problem get into his mind. He said, “I think it’s trying to get it out of your mind. I can see the colour of the ball, I pick it up. It’s just at times it takes a little bit longer to work out the depth of where it’s coming. It can’t be an issue, I’ve got to work it out.”

Chris Rogers, the Former Australian opener too suffered from colour blindness and he withdrew from a day-night domestic match in 2014 in which the pink ball was being tried for the first time.

The third Test between Australia and South Africa will be the only the third day and night Test in the history of the game and also the second to be hosted by Australia. This match will be played in Adelaide and is scheduled to begin from the 24th of this month. South Africa have already won the first two tests and clinched the series in style!


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