Cricket Australia abandons Dukes ball for Sheffield Shield citing lack of spinner development

Cricket Australia has put its Dukes ball experiment on ice, choosing to use Kookaburra all over the coming Sheffield Defend year as it seeks to help spinners build.

CA experienced used a Dukes ball in the next half of Defend seasons because 2016-17, seeking gamers to prepare for the very same pill they would come upon if chosen on an Ashes tour.

The ploy was just one of several items of the puzzle that served Australia keep the Ashes in 2019, a feat that no Australian group experienced achieved in England due to the fact 2001.

It is very likely the British ball will be utilized once more in Australia’s initial-class level of competition anytime attention shifts to the Ashes tour that is at the moment scheduled for 2023.

Australia retained the Ashes after the 2-2 draw in England.(AP: Kirsty Wigglesworth)

CA’s head of cricket functions Peter Roach pointed out “we see a definite opportunity to reintroduce the Dukes ball at some phase in the upcoming”, but for now CA will adhere with Kookaburra.

“The introduction of the Dukes ball has been a worthwhile exercising … we have been delighted with how the ball has performed when utilised in Australian disorders more than the earlier four seasons,” Roach said.

“We do, nevertheless, feel that reverting to 1 ball for 2020-21 will give the dependable examination of our players about a complete period that CA and the states are presently looking for.

“The Kookaburra is the ball used for intercontinental cricket in Australia and lots of pieces of the environment.”

Marnus Labuschagne leans back and plays a cut shot with a horizontal bat as Jonny Bairstow crouches behind him with gloves ready
Marnus Labuschagne had no difficulties with the Dukes ball in England in 2019.(AP: Rui Vieira)

Of the 12 Take a look at-taking part in nations, just England, Ireland and the West Indies use a Dukes ball in Check matches, with India by itself in utilizing the SG-model ball.

Roach included that spinners in the “Sheffield Shield have been actively playing a lot less of a position in new seasons, most notably in video games when the Dukes ball is in use”.

“We hope that the adjust to 1 ball with have a constructive benefit right here.”


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