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Warne calls for one brand of Test ball

Australians Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting are among a cricket committee calling for the use of one brand of ball in all Test matches.

Warne calls for one brand of Test ball

Australians Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting are among a cricket committee calling for the use of one brand of ball in all Test matches.

Former Australian crickter and commentator SHANE WARNE talks during the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia.
Former Australian crickter and commentator SHANE WARNE talks during the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Shane Warne and a panel of free-thinkers want all Test cricket played with one brand of ball.

He and fellow Australians Ricky Ponting and Tim May are members of the MCC World Cricket committee which met in India overnight and are calling for uniformity in the ball used in Tests.


The gathering resolved to press the International Cricket Council to introduce the measure when the World Test Championship starts with Australia's away Ashes series against England in August.

Currently, three brands of ball are used in Tests: the Dukes ball in England and the West Indies, the SG ball in India and the Kookaburra in all other countries including Australia.

For day-night Tests, the pink Kookaburra has been the ball of choice.

And all one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals use the white Kookaburra.

Warne, while not plumping for one over the other, reckons it's time to pick just one.

"Whatever ball that is, that everyone deems the best - that does something, it seams, it swings, it keeps its shape for the longest period of time," Warne said after the committee meeting in India.

"Whatever ball that is, especially with the Test championship coming up, if everyone plays with the ... same ball, I think it's a more equal playing field so you really do get (to find out) what is the best Test team in the world."

Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara is also on the committee of prominent thinkers.

Unwittingly, Sangakkara used an expression Australia's Sheffield Shield batsmen - currently floundering against the Dukes ball - can relate to.

"We need to get our ducks in a row by the time the Test Championship comes around," he said after the meeting.

"Now we have come to realise how important the red cherry is for cricketers around the world, I think it's very timely that we do it now."

Australia's Shield batsmen are currently getting bitten across the country in the post-Christmas trial of the English-made Dukes ball.

Western Australia, NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria have all been skittled for innings totals less than 160 this month.

Consider Queensland's four completed innings for the month: 185, 89, 115, 130. SA have been bowled out for 71, Victoria for 106, WA 114 and NSW 135.

Blame the ball? The pitches? Or just lousy batsmen?

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