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England's first Day-Night Test: Key questions ahead of West Indies clash

They have probably had more experience than us - they played in Dubai against it recently - so you could nearly say they have an advantage having played a pink-ball game this week, going into the first Test. A full round of County Championship matches in June used pink balls.but it mainly rained.

Well, most players, at least, and this is where the needle comes in.

England have had a single session at Edgbaston training with the pink ball WHAT ARE THE PLAYING TIMES? "It's shocking. It feels like plastic when you hit it". "We've got a huge amount of respect for the way the West Indies play", said Broad, who needs just five more wickets to overtake Ian Botham and go second behind Anderson in England's all-time list of leading Test wicket-takers.

Holder was named Test captain two years ago, just a year after he was given charge of the one-day team, and has come in for widespread praise for his maturity despite the side's losing slide.

Why is the ball pink? In Australia's first Test against South Africa previous year, played exclusively during the day at Perth, Kagiso Rabada's now famous reverse swing - with a red Kookaburra - was potent. "So basically you put a very fine spray over the outfield which coats the blades of grass so that, if the dew does fall, it just sits on the top of the grass, so that when you whizz round with the rope it flicks it all up in the air and a percentage of it evaporates".

'We're very lucky in that we have an experienced bowling unit who take control of the meetings and so on.

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Another issue was occupying Warwickshire authorities ahead of Thursday: What on earth should the session intervals be called?

Du Plessis made a tactical declaration after 76 overs on day one, subjecting Australia to a tricky 12 overs under the lights, a challenge openers Usman Khawaja and the debuting, Middlesbrough-born Matthew Renshaw came through. The second interval was termed "dinner" and lasted 40 minutes ie enough time to have a proper meal at, well, a proper meal time.

Since the pink ball was used in the MCC v Durham game in Abu Dhabi in 2010, players competing in different conditions around the world have reported that it behaves differently under lights - swinging significantly more at twilight and beyond, raising the fear that the team batting at that stage could be placed at a serious disadvantage.

It may not be the sun-drenched climes of Adelaide, Dubai or Brisbane but this week the infant that is day-night Test cricket arrives in Birmingham.

Despite all the confusion most people welcome the experiment. "The last couple of years he's averaging 14 or 15 with the ball in England, so we know how risky he is when the ball's moving around like that". Despite Snowball's protestations, there can surely be nothing more confusingly inexplicable for the British than changing their routine by moving tea time.

"But when we go to Australia, the wobble seam he bowls is a great weapon to have in Australia - take (Australia's) Stuart Clark as an example". "The first session was fairly traditional, played in bright sunshine". We've created a beach area behind the Wyatt stand, partly because it's the West Indies as well, so we've got a rum shack, a big screen, we've got deckchairs.

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