Strict health regulations that greeted international cricket on its return from a 117-day stoppage included a ban on saliva to shine the ball, even though players can still use sweat to polish it in order to generate swing.
Australia to revert to Kookaburra from Dukes to assist spinners from 2020/21 Sheffield Shield season
The Dukes were introduced to the Sheffield Shield in 2016/17 to help prepare Australia’s batsmen for the ball used on English pitches in the leadup to the 2019 Ashes.
Dukes ball manufacturer says cotton towel and sweat would solve ball shining problem in wake of saliva ban
Bowlers are still free to use sweat but some pacers are worried about not generating enough swing in wake of saliva ban
India pacer Jasprit Bumrah reveals his love for Dukes ball, says it helps balance the competition in an era dominated by batsmen
India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah says he feels most comfortable bowling with the Dukes ball manufactured in England compared to the India made SG Test or the Australian Kookaburra as it provides even competition in a game that is increasingly loaded in favour of batsmen.
India vs West Indies: Jasprit Bumrah says experience of bowling with Dukes ball in England has helped him in ongoing series
Bumrah said that playing a lot of Test matches in England with the Dukes ball has helped him get used to it, also saying that the focus is on bowling in the right areas
MCC's attempt to standardise ball could steal away Test cricket's beauty and potentially cause impregnable damage to sport
ICC cannot thrust a particular brand of ball on international sides and expect them to perform at peak levels. Any brand of ball has to be extensively used in various levels of domestic cricket.
Rishabh Pant credits Kiran More for marked improvement in wicket-keeping skills during India-Australia Tests
A slight tweak in hand positioning and body posture was all that it took for Rishabh Pant to turn the tables after a tough stint behind the stumps in England and the fast-rising Indian wicketkeeper-batsman credits Kiran More for making it happen.
India vs England: What makes the Duke cricket balls so different from Kookabura and SG? Manufacturers explain
In the last few years, the durability of the cricket ball has been the talk of the cricketing world. In fact the Dukes ball's competitor ‘Kookaburra' has copped criticism for its lack of quality. But despite the current players supporting the Dukes ball, the ICC and the majority of the cricket boards are reluctant to use it, preferring to stick with the Australian made Kookaburra.