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Dale Steyn: Bring on the pink ball

This week CSA announced that SA will take part in the 2nd day-night Test match against Australia.

FILE: Proteas pace bowler Dale Steyn. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Dale Steyn has told EWN Sport the success of test cricket on a long term basis may lie in the pink ball.

This week Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced that South Africa will take part in the second ever day-night Test match against Australia in Adelaide this November.

Steyn says the concept of the day-night Test could be the future of cricket.

"How awesome would it be to potentially play a Boxing Day Test or a New Year's Test in Cape Town under lights? That sounds pretty insane and very exciting."

He says, "This is the start of something great and I'm looking forward to it. Playing Australia is always difficult and those conditions could make it even more exciting."

Steyn says he's eager to get stuck into something new.

"I'm looking forward to it, I always have been. It's something different. I've played many years of Test cricket and to be able to play a different type of game is going to be very exciting."

Steyn says he's glad all the logistics got resolved, to allow the Test to go ahead.

"We just needed to iron out a couple of issues going into the game with regards to warm up games and getting enough time to practice with the pink ball."

He says, "Everyone is excited. It's going to be one of those Test matches where there is definitely a result which is great. It will also definitely pull in the crowds."

The game's second pink ball Test will be a first for the Proteas.