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No special pink ball plans: Aussie captain

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016 Steve Larkin

Australian captain Steve Smith has no pre-set plans for the pink ball.

Smith says he'll let the day-night Test match against South Africa in Adelaide from Thursday run true to course.

"If you look at pink-ball statistics, most wickets have been lost in the third session of play - that is the pattern," Smith told reporters on Wednesday.

"You have to let the game take its course.

"The ball has changed from last year. It has an extra layer of lacquer so it doesn't swing as much as the previous ball."

Australia beat New Zealand in the inaugural day-night pink-ball Test last November in Adelaide - a match won within three days with no team scoring more than 224 in an innings.

The bowler-friendly result prompted questions about the suitability of the pink ball which initially disturbed South Africa's cricketers.

"We were against it at first," South African captain Faf du Plessis told reporters on Wednesday.

"We spoke to the Australian players. We read the comments about the pink ball.

"There were a lot of question marks around the pink ball. It didn't sound like it was ready for it to be perfect."

South Africa changed their tune when changes were made to the ball by manufacturers.

"When they said they would change the seam and made it black for better visibility, things changed," du Plessis said.

"In the end, we wanted to be part of something, not miss out and experience it and see what it's all about.

"It seems pretty normal. It swings a bit with the new ball then it gets a bit soft and, at twilight, it gets a bit tricky again.

"It's something we'll have to go through as a team."

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