Kookaburra ball

Definition

Cricket

  • noun a type of cricket ball manufactured in Australia and used in cricket worldwide. The Kookaburra has a wider and flatter seam than the Duke ball, and is said to retain its shine for longer on hard wickets. It is now used in eight of the ten Test-playing nations; Duke balls are still used in England, while in India the SG ball is still used for Test matches but Kookaburras are used in ODIs.
    Citation ‘The much more dangerous “bodyline” of Lillee and Thomson, bowling with Kookaburra cricket balls which kept their bounce for 40 or 50 overs instead of rapidly going soft like the balls of Larwood’s day, also won a series for Australia’ (Tony Pawson, Cricketer July 1983)
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