Taming the Kookaburra

November 24, 2010 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

For those unfamiliar with the finer details of cricket it would hard to imagine how the type of cricket ball could decide the outcome of this year’s Ashes series.

But alongside factors such as the pitch and the weather, the behaviour of the Kookaburra ball, and the England’s bowlers’ ability to cope with it, is key to the tourists’ success.

The ball has subtle differences to the Duke ball which is used in England. A brand new Kookaburra swings immediately, whereas a Duke tends to swing more when it’s around six to ten overs old.

With the Aussie pitches harder and rougher than the green tinged tracks of home the ball is more likely to scuff quicker, meaning the England bowlers have to get the ball moving quickly before it becomes too worn and anyone looking to bet on the Ashes should remember this.

This means an almost complete change in tactics from the England bowlers if they are to find the variance in pace and bounce needed to bamboozle the Aussie batsmen. If you’ve bet on England to win the Ashes, this will be a key battle.

Coach Andy Flower has done his best to get his players used to the ball. They have been using it in training for the past five months and looked comfortable bowling with it in the three warm up games, which yielded two wins and a draw.

If they do manage to tame the Kookaburra then it is just another reason to back Strauss and Flower’s resurgent side, who seem determined to erase the memories of that 5-0 whitewash four years ago and keep the urn in England’s hands.


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