Australia on Thursday introduced plans to ditch the English Dukes ball in home cricket and revert to the usage of handiest the standard Kookaburra for the following Sheffield Protect season. Cricket Australia presented the Dukes ball in 2016 and so they had been utilized in the second one part of each and every Protect season to take a look at to accustom avid gamers to stipulations in England, the place Australian batsmen had ceaselessly struggled. Dukes balls have a tendency to have a extra pronounced seam, enabling them swing additional and for longer when new than the Australian-made Kookaburras. Cricket Australia’s head of operations Peter Roach mentioned reverting to the Kookaburra was once the precise transfer at the moment.
“The creation of the Dukes ball has been a profitable workout, in particular within the lead-up to in a foreign country Ashes collection the place the Dukes is used so smartly by way of our English combatants,” he mentioned.
“We have now been pleased with how the ball has carried out when utilized in Australian stipulations over the last 4 seasons.
“We do, on the other hand, really feel that reverting to 1 ball for 2020-21 will give you the constant exam of our avid gamers over a complete season that (Cricket Australia) and the states are at the moment in search of,” he added.
Whilst England proceed to make use of Dukes, the Kookaburra is used for Exams in lots of different portions of the arena and broadly in limited-overs cricket.
Roach mentioned Cricket Australia may just believe reintroducing Dukes balls nearer to the following Ashes collection in England, which is because of happen in 2023.