Aussie batsmen figuring out tricky Test change
Joe Burns insists batters are getting more accustomed to facing the pink ball at night even if the constant flow of wickets suggests otherwise.
Australia lost five wickets in the post-dinner session on Saturday night, after the Black Caps lost six under lights on Friday.
On average more than three wickets have been taken in each night session this summer, as opposed to 2.5 during the day.
Burns himself finally found some joy against the pink ball on Saturday night.
His 53 was his first half-century against it at Test level. He also only averages 19.35 in 11 day-night first-class matches after enduring a tough run against the pink in the Sheffield Shield.
But the right-hander said that the more regularly batsmen come up against it, the easier it has become to face.
"I've certainly found this Test match given the continuity we have had with the pink ball it has become a lot easier to pick up," Burns said.
"It's one of those things, the more you expose yourself to anything the easier it becomes. You're really clear with how you want to play it.
"I don't think here the night session becomes harder from a visibility or swing perspective. I think we have seen swing consistently through the day.
"I think it's more the wickets where you get dew on the surface, in Adelaide and Brisbane, you find the wicket quickens up."
Australia at least have the advantage of having played more day-night cricket than any other nation, going for a perfect seven-from-seven record against the pink ball in Perth.
While they were able to keep the momentum going at night after their big win over Pakistan last week, it has been much longer between drinks for New Zealand.
Their last day-night Test came two seasons ago, and they have not played any pink-ball cricket at first-class level since.
In turn, Ross Taylor admitted he had not found it as easy despite fighting through the night session on Friday as part of his 80.
"Cricket is about watching the seam and seeing what position the bowlers are putting it in," he said.
"And I think when you're batting under lights, that becomes a lot more difficult and I definitely can't see the seam as much as during the day."