Colour-blind Aussie keeper Matthew Wade ready for pink-ball Test

Updated: Nov 23, 2016, 08:33 IST | AFP

Australia's colour-blind wicketkeeper Matthew Wade insists he will cope in this week's day-night Test against South Africa despite having difficulty in picking up the pink ball under lights

Matthew Wade during a Sheffield Shield match at Melbourne recently
Matthew Wade during a Sheffield Shield match at Melbourne recently

Adelaide: Australia's colour-blind wicketkeeper Matthew Wade insists he will cope in this week's day-night Test against South Africa despite having difficulty in picking up the pink ball under lights.

The Victorian gloveman has been recalled at the expense of Peter Nevill among a raft of changes for the third Test at Adelaide from Thursday with Australia desperate to prevent a clean-sweep by the Proteas after defeats in Hobart and Perth.

Wade, banished from Test cricket three years ago due to shoddy glovework, admits his vision problem makes it difficult with the pink ball under lights, but is confident of adapting.

"I played pink ball at 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 told reporters.

"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," Wade said.

He added: "It can't be an issue, I've got to work it out."

The match will be only the second day-night Test in Australia after the home side thrillingly beat New Zealand by three wickets on only the third day at Adelaide Oval last year.

Wade, recalled as much for his batting prowess as his keeping skills, said he found it easier now to cope with the pink ball than when it was first rolled out as a Sheffield Shield experiment in the 2013-14 season.

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