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Dukes best for every cricket Test: Kohli

India skipper Virat Kohli, who is unhappy with the quality of SG balls in his homeland, would support a move for Dukes to be used in Tests around the world.

Dukes best for every cricket Test: Kohli

India skipper Virat Kohli, who is unhappy with the quality of SG balls in his homeland, would support a move for Dukes to be used in Tests around the world.

GEORGE BAILEY of the Hurricanes bats during the Big Bash League Final match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.
GEORGE BAILEY of the Hurricanes bats during the Big Bash League Final match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia. Picture:Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images

India captain Virat Kohli has added his powerful voice to the growing support for Dukes, suggesting it is the best ball for Test cricket anywhere in the world.

Host boards dictate whether a Dukes, Kookaburra or SG ball is used in a Test.


Shane Warne has been Kookaburra's loudest critic in recent years, having long called for English Dukes to be used universally.

Kohli, the gun batsman who will spearhead India's bid for their maiden Test series win in Australia later this year, described Dukes as the most suitable ball for Test cricket on the eve of his side's clash with West Indies.

"I would vouch for that to be used all over the world," Kohli told reporters.

"Because of the consistency of the ball and how the bowlers are in the game at any stage because the seam is so hard and upright."

SG is currently copping a player backlash in India after issues in the first Test between Kohli's side and West Indies.

Kohli claimed the quality of SG's flagship product has declined while star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin admitted he was "pretty disappointed" after the recent game in Rajkot.

Kookaburra's balls have been a source of discontent among some Australian players during recent years.

The Australian firm has made improvements since the issue's nadir in 2015, when a new ball lasted just three deliveries in a Test played on a flat WACA pitch.

"Kookaburra is still good quality. Whatever limitations a Kookaburra might have, the quality is never compromised," Kohli said.

Much-respected veteran George Bailey opined earlier this year that Dukes, which will again be used in the second half of the Sheffield Shield season to help players prepare for the 2019 Ashes tour, is now producing a batter ball than Kookaburra.

National vice-captain Josh Hazlewood suggested last month the pressure is on Kookaburra to improve its ball.

Meanwhile, Kohli insisted frontline spinners Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be able to adapt to foreign conditions and trouble Australia's batsmen in the four-Test series that starts at Adelaide Oval on December 6.

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