There are some things you just have to do and making a ‘pink balls’ joke is one of those things.
Pink balls are going to be tested in second XI matches next year with a view to using them in Twenty20 cricket the following summer and in one-day internationals after that.
The MCC’s head of cricket John Stephenson said: “Paint tends to flake off white balls. The challenge is to produce a ball which retains its colour.
“If the white ball is not working, let’s look at another colour – and pink was a pretty good compromise.”
If white paint flakes off a cricket ball, it’s not the colour that’s at fault, but the paint, surely. Or is pink a fundamentally more resilient colour?