South Africa are reluctant to play a day-night Test against Australia because they feel the Proteas would be at a disadvantage in those conditions.
Cricket Australia (CA) is expected to schedule a day-night Test with South Africa for the series in November.
The inaugural day-nighter between Australia and New Zealand last November was widely regarded as a success, and CA is reportedly keen to play two during the Australian summer, one with and South Africa and one with Pakistan, who are also set to tour the country in late 2016.
However, chief executive of the South African Cricketers Association, Tony Irish, said the tourists are not keen on playing with a pink ball they have no experience with.
He told The Australian: "Our players are not in favour of playing the game under those conditions.
"The main reason is we feel disadvantaged. Not one of our players who will compete in that Test has played Test-match cricket or any cricket with a pink ball.
"The reluctance to play is a sign of how much importance the South African players place on the series against Australia."