Sydney:Pink cricket balls will be used in a match for the first time in Australia in January, reports said on Thursday.
The match, between the West Australian and Queensland women's teams, will be a curtain-raiser for a Twenty20 game between Queensland and Tasmania at Brisbane's Gabba ground on January 10, Melbourne's 'Herald-Sun' newspaper said.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodians of the game's laws, say they are planning to use the pink balls in English minor matches to see whether they could replace the white ball in one-day cricket.
The MCC are hoping, in testing a fluorescent pink ball, that they will become a regular feature of domestic and international one-day games.
Manufacturers have found it almost impossible to develop a white ball that can maintain its colour for 50 overs.
Ball maker Kookaburra believes a ball layered with pink dye will be more visible and could last the entire 50-over innings of a one-day match.