Commentators get into pointless argument during South Africa vs Australia

South Africa v Australia - 3rd Test: Day 1

Experienced commentating duo Mark Nicholas and Michael Holding got themselves in an unusually pointless argument during day four of South Africa's fourth Test against Australia while Faf du Plessis laid injured after being struck in the forearm from a pitch.

With South Africa meandering to a big total, discussing in the commentary box turning to one of the sports most recent major experiments - Day/Night Test matches.

Former West Indian fast bowler Holding brandished the trials and the decision to use a pink ball when total darkness takes over the sky as "complete rubbish", while his vastly experienced commentating counterpart, Nicholas, heavily disagreed on his opinion regarding the matter.

Holding claimed that when the sky becomes dark, using the normal red ball shouldn't be an issue, while Nicholas, who used to captain Hampshire, claimed that there is a distinct difference between daytime darkness and night-time darkness, which merits the use of the pink ball when the night-time darkness rolls around.

When Holding asked "Why do you need a pink ball?", Nicholas swiftly responded: "Because they can't see the red ball against the black sky when full darkness comes in," - scroll down to watch the video below.

As Nicholas went on to explain the difference between daytime darkness with respect to night-time, Holding just wasn't prepared to back down: "Mark, that doesn't make any sense."

Ex-South African batsman Graeme Smith was also in the commentary box and tried to bring the attention back on the on-field action as Faf du Plessis took a painful blow to the arm.

Smith said: "It came at the right time because I was about to get out in between the middle of you two."

The argument between the commentators during an important match like the South African vs Australian matchup can certainly be done without, particularly at a point in the match where something important had actually happened that was worth discussing.

South Africa did eventually declare, leaving Australia with the unenviable challenge of having to score 611 in their final innings to avoid a series defeat. 

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