The historic day and night Test match between Australia and New Zealand will begin at the Adelaide Oval from 27 December and both sides are gearing up for the pink-ball battle.
New Zealand played a practice match in Perth against Western Australia ahead of the first pink-ball Test match. The Black Caps star batsman Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten century in the practice match being played with the pink ball.
Guptill admitted that spotting the ball during sunset while fielding might be a problem, otherwise he has had no issue playing with the pink ball.
"It's good enough for me. It's probably worse when you're fielding. The fact I ran away from one in Canberra under lights (is a sign that) it can be quite difficult. But it can be difficult with a red ball as well," Guptill tol the reporters after his unbeaten knock.
"We've just got to get on with it. You've got to try and pick it up as well as you can and try and stop the ball."
Guptill also hit a 94 against Western Australia in a 50-over practice game at Canberra a few days ago. One might think he has become a pink ball expert with the willow.
"I wouldn't say that. I didn't go too well when we were facing it in Hamilton, got hit on the pads about four or five times in the day. It was just nice to spend a bit of time in the middle... all the batters got a little bit out of today," Guptill said.
Western Australia seamer Joel Paris agreed to what the Kiwi opener had to say about the visibility of the pink ball in the evening.
"When it's 5 pm or 6 pm and looking into the sun... That's probably the only stage when you might lose it a little bit," Paris said.