For us, the ardent cricket fans and the lovers of daily fantasy cricket games, cricket balls matter. Sometimes we see our favourite cricketers struggling to play with a moving ball.
In such cases, the colour of the ball used matters. If your player can’t see a ball and cannot hit it, how will your online fantasy cricket scoreboard go up?
Let’s dig out the colour of balls used in different formats of fantasy cricket league matches. And bring out your best online cricket team at 11wickets App for Android/iOS:
RED CRICKET BALL
Red colour cricket balls are generally used in the international test matches since the time it has been played. Red colour is used as the test matches are played in day time and they offer better shine and swing for the fast bowlers. Red colour balls are perhaps the best balls for cricket matches.
Red 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 Red Turf Ball is used in the majority of Test Matches and in the First Class cricket competitions.
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 been confirmed for use in the first Test match under lights between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in November 2015. Most recently, the pink ball has been used by the Indian team to play one D/N test match at Eden Gardens against Bangladesh. It has been a much-appreciated match from all the corners.
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.
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