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England stars have eye tests ahead of West Indies Test

by 12/08/2017 19:15:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • England will play against the West Indies in the first day-night Test in this country
  • Players have undergone special eye exams ahead of the Test at Edgbaston
  • All players tested over the past few weeks were found to have suitable vision 

By Lawrence Booth for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 17:30 EDT, 12 August 2017 | Updated: 19:15 EDT, 12 August 2017

England's players have had 'colour vision' eye tests in preparation for the first day-night Test in this country against West Indies at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The examinations, which took place during the third and fourth Tests against South Africa in London and Manchester, are designed to ensure that batsmen and fielders can see the pink ball clearly enough, although the ECB admitted that lab conditions cannot always replicate those found on the field.

It is understood that all the players tested over the past couple of week were found to have suitable vision.

England players have had special eye tests ahead of their pink-ball Test with the West Indies
England players have had special eye tests ahead of their pink-ball Test with the West Indies

England players have had special eye tests ahead of their pink-ball Test with the West Indies

All the players tested over the past couple of week were found to have suitable vision
All the players tested over the past couple of week were found to have suitable vision

All the players tested over the past couple of week were found to have suitable vision

An ECB spokesman said: 'We have checked the players' colour vision ahead of the upcoming match to ensure no obvious issues. However, vision in an assessment room versus outside in the dark with bright lights brings in many factors.'

The batsmen who faced the pink ball during the round of day-night County Championship matches at the end of June generally reported they could pick it up well.

There were some complaints about the ball going soft, a scenario which may encourage seamers to bowl back of a length to avoid being easily driven.

England are leaving no stone unturned in preparing for the match, the first of three pink-ball Tests for them in the next eight months.

In December, they will play Australia in Adelaide, followed by New Zealand in Auckland in March.

The squad will meet up in Birmingham on Monday, a day earlier than they usually would ahead of a Test match, for a three-hour session under lights starting at 7pm. They will then practise as normal on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Batsmen who faced the pink ball  at the end of June generally reported they picked it up well
Batsmen who faced the pink ball  at the end of June generally reported they picked it up well

Batsmen who faced the pink ball at the end of June generally reported they picked it up well

 

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