Only 40.2 overs have been potential on the second day which was known as off at 6:27pm because of unhealthy mild, leaving the tempo duo of Anderson and Stuart Broad annoyed as Pakistan reached 223 for 9 at stumps.
“It was gloomy but it’s one of those when it didn’t seem like the batmen were struggling too much. I don’t know what the reading was (at tea). Maybe there could be a bit more leeway there,” Anderson was quoted as saying by ‘The Guardian’.
“The light has been gloomy all day and we’ve been lucky to get the play we have. It did feel like the floodlights were pretty prominent. The umpires take their readings, we can only go off that so there’s nothing more we can do about that.”
But Broad, who has additionally taken three wickets to date within the second Test similar to Anderson, had a unique view. “The officials were right to bring us off. It had dropped below the darkness that we had come off for earlier in the day and all of our fielders were saying: ‘We wouldn’t want to bat in this, this is quite dark’,” Broad informed BBC.
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Rizwan mentioned he was able to proceed to play. “I was ready to play but the decision rests with the umpires and they have the responsibility to ensure no one gets injured. They have to go by the light meter. It’s the same for both teams,” mentioned Rizwan, who scored an unbeaten 60.
Former gamers have usually questioned the ICC laws associated to unhealthy mild which has affected Test matches over time. Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes the usage of pink ball in Test matches might assist in avoiding play being misplaced to unhealthy mild.
“It’s a terrible look for the game. The more I watch this, particularly in England, the pink ball could be the solution – just play with it all the time,” mentioned Vaughan.
Vaughan, who has captained England in 51 Tests, mentioned: “It’s been a summer time the place I’ve seen the sunshine being taken greater than every other summer time I can bear in mind. In a summer time the place the sport desperately wants cricket to be on, it simply would not make sense.
“Those which can be paid the massive cheques for the published have gotten to step up and say to the ICC ‘this is not adequate -you’ve bought to provide you with an answer that enables the sport to be performed in circumstances like these’.” Spin legend Shane Warne also supports the use of pink ball. “Absolutely! I’ve mentioned the identical factor for a very long time now ! Pink ball for check matches ASAP please ! Agree followers?,” he tweeted on Friday.
Broad, nonetheless, feels use of pink ball might be unfair to the batsmen. “I feel we have seen with the historical past of the pink ball below lights, it has been very tough for the batsmen and can be unfair to the stability to the sport,” he mentioned.
“If you have been 300 for 3 and it bought darkish and the pink ball got here out, you could possibly lose 5 for 10. That’s going too far. If the gamers’ security is unsure, the officers need to carry them off. If they assume it is protected, you play.”
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