MSN New Zealand – Cricket Australia’s official supplier is developing a world-first ball to be used specifically for Twenty20s with the aim of having it introduced in major international leagues in two years.

Summary

  • Cricket Australia’s official supplier is developing a world-first ball to be used specifically for Twenty20s with the aim of having it introduced in major international leagues in two years.
  • Kookaburra conducted the first in-match trial of its new “Turf20” ball in a “blind test” in the Northern Territory Strike competition where Cameron Bancroft is making his comeback to competitive cricket after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
  • “As Twenty20 cricket evolved and grew, Kookaburra thought there should be a way to create a ball specific to its needs rather than follow the traditional method of ball-making that is used in Test cricket,” Kookaburra’s Shannon Gill said.
  • Twenty20 cricket has evolved quite differently; the ball is only needed for 20 overs and the action is more intense and explosive than Test cricket.
  • Kookaburra will continue trialling the ball in and out of competition for 18 months before presenting the ball to international boards for use in various Twenty20 leagues in 2020.


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