KOOKABURRA CRICKET BALLS
Kookaburra Cricket Balls have been manufactured by Kookaburra for over 125 years, and the brand is firmly entrenched as the NUMBER 1 cricket ball brand worldwide.
Kookaburra Balls were first used at an international level when the Australian Board of Control International Cricket (now Cricket Australia) selected the Kookaburra Turf Ball to be used by Don Bradman’s Australian Test team when they played England in the 1946/47 Ashes Test Series.
Made of the finest raw materials combining the traditions of cricket ball making techniques with modern precision the Kookaburra (Red) Turf Ball has been manufactured to the requirements of cricket authorities worldwide, and used by Cricket Australia since 1946.
Today, the Kookaburra Turf Ball is used in the majority of Test Matches, all One Day Internationals and all T20 International matches around the world. In the southern hemisphere it is also used in the majority of First Class cricket competitions.
TURF CRICKET BALL
The Turf ball is at the forefront of the Kookaburra cricket ball range.
The centre of the Turf ball is made of cork, with five layers of natural cork and worsted yarn built onto the cork nucleus and finished with a generous layer of worsted winding. The cover of the cricket ball is cut from selected alum tanned steer hide into four sections.
Kookaburra’s five layered cork and worsted yarn centre, makes the Kookaburra Turf Ball unique to almost all other cricket balls around the world. Most other competitive cricket balls are made with a single moulded centre. Kookaburra believes that the traditional five layered quilt cricket ball helps control the consistency and performance of the ball by controlling its hardness and by ensuring that the cricket balls bounce will be even and consistent over the duration of the cricket match.
WHITE CRICKET BALL
In 1977 Kookaburra was asked by Kerry Packer and the Nine Network to develop a white cricket ball to use for possible one-day limited overs cricket and day-night test cricket, which they wanted to play into the evening for television purposes, known as World Series Cricket.
The instructions from Kerry Packer were simple – the white ball must play as close as possible to the red ball used in Test match cricket. The white Turf ball is made using exactly the same method as the red cricket ball, however the leather used to make the ball is natural, and is an off-white colour. To ensure the brightness and clarity of the colour does not significantly deteriorate throughout a cricket game, the leather is covered with a pigmented, pure white finish.
The biggest challenge with the white ball is the discolouring. As the white cricket ball wears and scratches, it inevitably picks up some contamination from the surface leading discolouring of the white ball throughout an innings. Since October 2012, One Day Internationals manage this by using two new white Turf balls in each innings, with a different cricket ball used at each bowling end.
PINK CRICKET BALL
Following the success of the white cricket ball and with a push for Test cricket to be played under lights, the International Cricket Council, Marylebone Cricket Club and Cricket Australia turned to Kookaburra for assistance with the creation of a pink ball to help facilitate the process.
The colour pink has been trialled as the cricket ball colour used for the traditional four day and five day longer form of cricket. It is felt that the longer form of the game should be played in white or cream clothing, it is therefore essential that the colour of the ball does not clash with the colour of the players’ clothing. So far, pink has proven to be the best colour to contrast with the traditional white and cream clothing which can be seen in both day and night time conditions and is still visible at all stages of its natural colour deterioration over 80 overs of cricket.
The Pink Kookaburra Turf Cricket Ball is the current ball being used in trials around the world and has recently been confirmed for use in the first Test match under lights between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in November 2015.
No other cricket ball has gone through the level of development, testing and trials that the pink Turf cricket ball has undergone prior to being confirmed for use in the first under lights Test match.
The Pink Kookaburra Turf Ball is made using exactly the same method as the red ball, however a very fine film of extra pink colour is added to the surface of the cricket ball prior to the standard clear lacquer finishing for all coloured balls. The pink cricket ball, based on feedback from players during trials, uses a green stitching like a white Turf ball instead of white stitching used on red balls.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A CRICKET BALL?
It takes 2–3 weeks to produce a Kookaburra cricket ball. While the actual process of developing a cricket ball takes much less than the 2-3 week period, because the cricket ball is developed using natural materials, they need ‘rest’ periods or time to settle, acclimatise and adjust to how they are manipulated and treated in the ball making process.
MENS, WOMENS OR YOUTH CRICKET BALLS
Consistent with the laws of cricket, cricket balls are manufactured in different sizes and weight for men, women and youth cricket. For men’s cricket, Kookaburra offer a 155.9 -163g and 224 - 229mm circumference cricket ball, for women’s cricket a 140 - 151g and 210 - 225mm circumference ball and for Junior cricket - Under 13) a 133 - 144g and 205 - 220mm circumference cricket ball.
HOW MANY DIFFERENT CRICKET BALLS DOES KOOKABURRA MAKE?
Kookaburra makes over 50 different types of cricket balls worldwide, in many different grades, sizes and colours each year. The wide range of cricket balls are all made with subtle differences to ensure they can be used for any cricket occasion. Most of the high-end quality Kookaburra balls are made in a ‘state of the art’ factory in Melbourne, Australia.
While Kookaburra’s world famous Turf cricket ball is the top of the range cricket ball, Kookaburra also make a range of other balls that are used for state or provincial cricket, club cricket and junior cricket. Kookaburra has also developed balls that are specifically designed for indoor cricket and junior development. The Kookaburra Super Coach ball range offers a range of balls specific to many of the different aspects of bowling and batting such as spin, swing and bounce.
From junior cricket to the Test Match arena and everything in between, Kookaburra offers a cricket ball for every cricket standard worldwide.
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