Cricket Australia’s (CA) Head of Cricket Operations Peter Roach mentioned that the function of spinners in Australia’s first-class cricket is lowering and so kookaburra balls as a substitute of Dukes will likely be used to aide them.
A field of freshly polished Dukes balls (Reuters Image)
- The introduction of the Dukes ball has been a worthwhile train: CA’s Head of Cricket Operations
- Spinners in Sheffield Shield have been taking part in much less of a job in current seasons: Peter Roach
- We want spinners bowling in first-class cricket and we want our batters dealing with spin: Roach
Australia has dropped the British-made Dukes ball from its 2020/21 Sheffield Shield season and can use solely the Kookaburra to encourage more spin bowling on home pitches, Cricket Australia mentioned on Thursday.
The Dukes have been launched to the Sheffield Shield in 2016/17 to assist put together Australia’s batsmen for the ball used on English pitches within the leadup to the 2019 Ashes.
Tim Paine’s Australia retained the urn on English soil final 12 months for the primary time since 2001 with a 2-2 draw within the five-test collection.
CA’s Head of Cricket Operations Peter Roach mentioned it was the correct time to revert again to unique use of the Kookaburra for the primary class competitors.
“The introduction of the Dukes ball has been a worthwhile exercise, particularly in the lead up to overseas Ashes series where the Dukes is used so well by our English opponents,” Roach mentioned in a press release.
“We have noted that spin bowlers in the … Sheffield Shield have been playing less of a role in recent seasons, most notably in games when the Dukes ball is in use.
“We need spinners bowling in first class cricket and we need our batters facing spin. We hope that the change to one ball with have a positive benefit here.”
Dilip Jajodia, the proprietor of Dukes ball producer British Cricket Balls, mentioned the agency understood CA’s choice.
“We … are buoyed by the potential for the Dukes to return in future seasons,” he mentioned.
The choice follows complaints from Australian cricketers that spin bowling is being pushed out of the home recreation, largely due to unreceptive, drop-in pitches at most main venues.
Top-ranked take a look at aspect Australia, who face second-ranked India within the home summer time, are additionally hoping to be more profitable taking part in away within the subcontinent, the place pitches are more conducive to spin.