Australia v New Zealand Tests
Pink ball visibility 'good enough': Guptill
New Zealand opener says pink ball is harder to see in the field, but has no problems when batting
23 November 2015, 09:59 AM AEST
Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten ton in New Zealand's day-night tour game on the weekend, but the opener wasn't quite as comfortable with the pink ball in the field.
Guptill was the most productive NZ batsman in the clash with Western Australia, retiring when he reached 103 before the dinner break.
The 29-year-old had no troubles seeing the ball on Sunday, smashing one delivery onto the roof of the players' pavilion.
"It's good enough for me," Guptill said of the pink pill.
"It's probably worse when you're fielding.
"The fact I ran away from one in Canberra under lights (is a sign that) it can be quite difficult ... but it can be difficult with a red ball as well.
"We've just got to get on with it.
"You've got to try and pick it up as well as you can and try and stop the ball."
Guptill goes aerial // Getty Images
WA paceman Joel Paris, who grabbed three wickets in the tour game, suggested fielding could be tricky when the sun starts to set.
"When it's 5pm or 6pm and ... looking into the sun. That's probably the only stage when you might lose it a little bit," Paris said.
"But all the boys seemed to see it well."
Apart from the WACA fixture, NZ's only pink-ball experience came in a home training camp and last month's 50-over clash in Canberra.
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Guptill hit 94 in that one-dayer at Manuka Oval, his only other score of substance on the current tour.
However, the tag of pink-ball specialist didn't sit too well with the 29-year-old.
"I wouldn't say that," Guptill said.
"I didn't go too well when we were facing it in Hamilton, got hit on the pads about four or five times in the day.
"It was just nice to spend a bit of time in the middle ... all the batters got a little bit out of today."
All except shy superstar Kane Williamson, who was rested.
Williamson could have had a brief hit under lights like Ross Taylor, who batted at No.11 and faced 30 balls.
"He did some work indoors with pink ball at night. We tried make it as close to realistic as possible," NZ coach Mike Hesson said of the side's first drop.
"He's going well."