Australia v New Zealand Tests
Voges excited by day-night Test
Veteran stands by comments from PM's XI game but looking forward historic fixture
AAP & Cricket Network
21 November 2015, 09:46 AM AEST
Adam Voges stands by his critique of the pink balls from a match in Canberra last month but rejects that he is a day-night Test doubter, saying excitement is his overriding emotion as Australia prepare to make history against New Zealand.
Voges played a day-night match for the Prime Minister's XI against the Black Caps last month at Manuka Oval, saying after the game that the pink ball had been "chewed up" in the conditions.
"The lacquer had come off and it was turning green basically ... it was more green than pink by the end," he said at the time.
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Almost a month has passed since then and Voges has no regrets over his comments.
"I don't think any of what I said was untrue .. it was just an honest opinion based on what I saw," Voges told AAP.
"I'm happy to give some honest feedback after this Test match as well.
"But I'm certainly not against pink-ball cricket.
"My comments were very specific about that particular night and that very abrasive wicket. Hopefully they're not taken as my general opinion of the pink ball."
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The same balls will be used for the third Test against New Zealand at Adelaide Oval, where the historic match starts on Friday.
However, a grassy pitch is expected to help the pink Kookaburras stay in better shape.
While Voges's comments raised questions about the suitability of the pink ball for Test cricket, he didn't receive any feedback from Cricket Australia.
"I certainly didn't get any phone calls or anything like that," Voges said.
"I think they're happy to have that feedback.
"We can speak honestly and openly, which is good.
"Because the concept is great and you want to see it go ahead in the future, but obviously with the thoughts and ideas of the players involved."
Voges, fresh from a century in his first Test at home ground in Perth, added next week would be a special occasion.
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"We're going to be the first ones to do it and that's genuinely exciting," he said.
"There will be a lot of people coming to watch the game and that's great for Test cricket.
"I hope it's really successful."
The batsman noted the pink ball held up a lot better during the Sheffield Shield match he played in Hobart last month.
Western Australia's skipper added any lingering trepidation he held about the concept disappeared during the pink-ball Shield rounds.
"I've played three first-class games with it plus the PM's game. There's not really much of the unknown any more," Voges said.
"We can all go in with a bit of confidence because we've had that experience."
Regardless of the state of the ball or match, victory will be the only thing on Voges' mind next week.
"We've up 1-0 and have the opportunity to win the series. That's going to be the side's focus," Voges said.