WTC Final 2023, India vs Australia: The final match of the World Test Championship (WTC) will be played between India and Australia from June 7 at The Oval ground in England. It has been discussed for a long time about this historic match that Kookaburra ball will be used in this. But now a BCCI official has put an end to this whole discussion with his statement.
There has been a complaint about the decline in the quality of the Duke ball for a long time. Due to this, the ball stops swinging soon or its shape changes. For this reason, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting gave a statement regarding the Kookaburra ball being played in this match.
Now the BCCI official said in his statement to Inside Sport that no, we will play with Duke ball only. Our players have also started practicing with Dukes ball. Fast bowlers have started preparing with Dukes ball in the middle of IPL. Till now we have not heard any news about the change in the ball. I don’t know from where Ponting said this.
Questions being raised on the quality of the Dukes ball
Test cricket in England is played with Dukes ball. But now there is a continuous decline in its quality. Duke ball is losing its shape faster than Kookaburra and SG Red ball. There have been complaints about the quality of Dukes from the England team in the last 2 years.
In this, he also talked about the ball becoming soft soon. Two veteran fast bowlers of the England team, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, also complained about the quality of the Dukes ball during the last English summer.
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