Voges hopes for even contest


Australia batsman Adam Voges said he was expecting the unexpected in the first ever day-night Test.

New Zealand and Australia will use the pink ball to complete their three-Test series in Adelaide starting Friday.

Voges, 36, said his experiences with the ball had been different every time - and he expects no different at the Adelaide Oval.

"It'll be a new [experience]," he told Sky Sports Radio on Tuesday.

"I've played three pink-ball first-class games now, one at the Gabba, the WACA and one at Hobart earlier this year.

"Each time the pink ball has sort of behaved a little bit differently depending on what the wicket has been like and the conditions.

"Adelaide is a new challenge again. I know there's been talk of leaving a bit of grass on the wicket so the ball keeps its condition a bit better.

"Hopefully that'll mean a pretty even contest between bat and ball, which was probably not so much the case in the first Test."

Australia lead the three-Test series 1-0, but will make at least two changes after Mitchell Johnson's retirement and Usman Khawaja's hamstring injury.

Mitchell Starc (43 overs) and Josh Hazlewood (38) had heavy workloads in Perth, but Voges expects the pace duo to be fit and ready.

"I asked them both when we arrived here in Adelaide and they were certainly very sore after the Perth game, but they've had a few days to freshen up," he said.

"I was very impressed with Mitch Starc in Perth.

"To bowl 37 overs in an innings and the majority of those balls were 145km/h plus, to be able to get through that sort of workload, he proved to himself more than anything that he can sustain that sort of intensity. I think he'll be even better for that.

"They'll use these few extra days to rest up as much as they can, but I think they'll be good to go."