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Mitchell Starc out to swing day-night Test

AAP logoAAP 11/12/2016 Rob Forsaith

Australia have more pink-ball experience than any cricket side in the world but there remains a sense of the unknown about this week's day-night Test in Brisbane.

Australian administrators and players are now largely in agreement about the innovation working well at Adelaide Oval, which is set to host a day-night Ashes Test next year.

The Gabba's suitability will become more clear during the day-night clash between Australia and Pakistan that starts on Thursday.

Pakistan are the only other side outside Australia to have hosted a day-night Test, which they won against West Indies earlier this year.

The expectation is there will be no shortage of unplayable swing bowling and some chaotic collapses this week, especially when the likes of Mitchell Starc and Mohammad Amir are steaming in at night.

Pakistan's recent tour game in Cairns largely followed that script, but it was a significantly different story during a day-night Sheffield Shield contest at the Gabba in October.

Four different batsmen posted centuries in that clash, when Starc claimed one wicket in his return from a badly cut leg.

"It's a bit warmer now than it was during that Shield game, so hopefully we see a bit more swing," Starc said on Sunday.

"It didn't swing around too much and it was probably too cold to swing ... it was pretty inconsistent as well.

"The wicket was also probably a little bit harder than Adelaide.

"The ball got quite soft and didn't really carry through, which you don't normally see at the Gabba. It will be interesting ... it's still going to be a bit unknown, how that pitch might change."

Starc was one of the most vocal critics of the concept before last year's inaugural day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand.

Kookaburra has since improved the pink pill, notably changing the colour of the seam to black.

Starc was unwilling to voice his opinion about the prospect of a day-night Ashes Test, but made it clear he doesn't "really have a say in that, so I'll let Cricket Australia work out that one".

The spearhead is more worried about extending Australia's revival in a three-Test series against Pakistan, noting he is still searching for consistency after a freak training accident in September.

Steve Smith's new-look batting order, which helped Australia snap a five-Test losing streak in Adelaide, will face another testing examination in Brisbane.

Amir and his colleagues produced a swing masterclass in Cairns during Pakistan's only tour game before the first Test.

"They've got guys who bowl (and swing the ball) at pace, which I think at the Gabba is going to be a challenge," Nic Maddinson said, having been one of three debutant batsmen blooded in Adelaide.

"Traditionally the Gabba does seem to do a little bit more at night, so it'll be interesting."

Starc acknowledged Pakistan had a quality attack but backed Australia to extend their impressive record at the Gabba, a venue where the hosts haven't lost a Test since 1988.

"They (Pakistan) struggled in New Zealand and probably struggle a little more away from home," he said.

"It's a good opportunity for us in this Test match in Brisbane to assert our dominance first up."

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