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Hastings unconvinced by pink Dukes ball

Press Association logoPress Association 29/06/2017

Australia seamer John Hastings is convinced by the pink Duke's ball after Worcestershire's County Championship match against Durham ended in a rain-affected draw.

No play was possible over the last two-and-a-half days as Worcestershire were denied the chance to build on their 170-run first-innings advantage.

"It was unfortunate we didn't get to see how the ball performed over 96 overs day in, day out," said Hastings.

"I've used a pink Kookaburra quite a bit back home in Australia, but I think the Dukes has a long way to go.

"It allowed the bowlers to dominate early on, but went soft around the 25-30 over mark.

"It's a different game playing day-night cricket because the ball reacts differently under lights."

Hastings, who played for Durham in 2014 and 2015, took three for 10 in eight overs in his opening spell as the hosts were reduced to 18 for five on the first morning, when he had Ben Stokes caught behind for a duck.

"That one bounced a bit more and nipped away slightly," he said.

"He's a good mate so it was nice to get him out.

"I don't think the pink ball did anything exceptional - I've seen the red one do more at Riverside.

"On a fresh pitch here it's hard as a batsman - you have to react to what the ball does off the pitch."

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