The final match of the World Test Championship (WTC) will be played between India and Australia starting June 7 at The Oval in England. For a long time it has been discussed about this historic match that the Kookaburra ball will be used in it. But now a BCCI official has ended all this discussion with his statement.
There have been complaints about the Dukes’ declining ball quality for a long time. Because of this, the ball soon stops swinging or changes shape. For this reason, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting had given a statement regarding the Kookaburra ball to be played in this match.
Now, the BCCI official said in his statements to Inside Sport that no, we will play only with the Duke ball. Our players have also started practicing with the Dukes ball. Fast bowlers have started preparing with the Dukes ball in the midst of the IPL. We haven’t heard from the change on the ball yet. I don’t know where Ponting said this from.
Test cricket in England is played with the Dukes ball. But now there is a continuous decline in its quality. Duke Ball is losing his shape faster than Kookaburra and SG Red Ball. In the last 2 years, there has been a complaint from the England team regarding the quality of Dukes.
In this, he also talked about the ball going soft soon. Two veteran fast bowlers of the England team, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, had also complained about the quality of the Dukes’ ball during the last English summer.