New balls, please: Cricket Australia to introduce Dukes red cherries in domestic cricket to prepare players for Ashes 2019
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New balls, please: Cricket Australia to introduce Dukes red cherries in domestic cricket to prepare players for Ashes 2019


Sydney: Cricket Australia (CA) plans to introduce the Dukes ball used in England for domestic Sheffield Shield games to prepare players for the 2019 Ashes series against their arch-rivals.

The balls, which have a more pronounced seam than the Australian-made Kookaburra, will be used from the second half of next season's competition.

Representational photo. Getty Images

Representational photo. Getty Images

"In recent times Australian teams travelling to England haven't adjusted well to local conditions and the swinging Dukes ball," general manager of team performance Pat Howard said on Wednesday.

"We have been on record saying that we will look at ways to address this deficiency and believe giving players greater experience with the Dukes ball is one way of doing just that.

"Some people might think changing a brand of cricket ball is a minor consideration, but as we have seen from past Ashes campaigns in England, it can be a significant factor."

Australia lost the Ashes series in England last year with former captain Ricky Ponting leading calls for the Dukes ball to be introduced for domestic matches in a bid to help replicate English conditions.

Australia have not won an Ashes campaign in England since 2001, managing just four victories from 20 Ashes Tests during the past four away series.

AFP

First Published On : Mar 30, 2016 10:01 IST

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