Pink balls exciting for cricket: Proteas
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Faf du Plessis has heard about it, read about it, and seen it in the kit-bags of some South African teammates.
But it's only now - five weeks before he leads his nation in its inaugural pink-ball Test match - that the experiment becomes reality.
"To be honest with you, I have got absolutely no idea," du Plessis told reporters in Adelaide in Tuesday when asked of his expectations of the pink ball.
"I haven't faced or thrown a pink ball around so it's all pretty new to me.
"I know some of the guys have pink balls in their kits, especially the bowlers the last while, just to feel them in the hand.
"But for me it's very exciting, it's a new thing for all of us."
Du Plessis and the South African squad will train on Wednesday with pink balls, ahead of the three-Test series against Australia starting on November 3.
"It will be nice to see how it plays like," du Plessis said.
"Obviously we have asked around a little bit and read the stuff that other teams have been saying about the pink ball but it's very new to me so no expectations yet."
The third Test will be a pink-ball day-night fixture in Adelaide and the tourists will play under those conditions against a Cricket Australia XI this weekend.
South Africa coach Russell Domingo said Australia's experience with pink-ball cricket gave the hosts some advantage in the third Test - but not much.
"Australia have only played one Test match and I think that lasted three and a half days," he said, referring to the first day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide last year.
"So I suppose they have got an advantage but they haven't played that much either."