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Chapple reflects on pink-ball encounter at Edgbaston

Chapple reflects on pink-ball encounter at Edgbaston

Chapple reacts to pink-ball encounter

Ticket sales for August’s floodlit Test Match at Edgbaston between England and the West Indies will be key to the future of pink ball cricket in this country, according to Lancashire coach Glen Chapple.

The Red Rose side have just finished their maiden Specsavers County Championship fixture under such conditions against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Rain on Thursday’s fourth day meant it finished in a draw, pointing Chapple towards a verdict of ‘the jury’s still out’.

“The lads enjoyed it because it was something different,” said the former all-rounder. 

“I think it looks like the pink ball behaves slightly different to a red ball. I think it offers some spin. But it’s early days, and we’re not that sure.

“The same disciplines apply. The bowlers managed to swing it for a period. Everything else is pretty similar.

“You get to a stage later on as a spectator where it’s difficult to see, but the players seemed to see it ok.

“I think the big thing we need to find out is whether tickets get sold for the Test Match, and whether that’s to the same people or a different audience. That’s really important.

“That’s where the decisions will lie (for the future).”

Lancashire sit second in Division One, 29 points behind leaders Essex with three wins, a defeat and four draws.

They have won two of their last three matches ahead of the break for the forthcoming NatWest T20 Blast, which starts next weekend.

“It was a different challenge with the pink ball. The pitch itself was quite slow, so it was hard work for the batsmen,” said Chapple.

“I thought we competed well and got ourselves right back into the game.

“There were some good individual performances, but we looked good as a team again.

“It finishes off four games in succession that we identified were going to be crucial for us moving on.

“We’ve got ourselves into a decent position, which we’re pretty pleased with. We’ve have more work to do later on, but now we can turn our attentions to T20 cricket.” 

Lancashire’s next Championship match is against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, starting on August 6. 

New ball seamer Kyle Jarvis also missed the clash having picked up a back spasm in training. 

“Unless he has another setback, I would expect him to be ready (for the Blast),” added Chapple of Jarvis.

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