Australian coach Wright says England's Dukes balls won't suit Oz conditions

London, Oct 25(ANI): Victoria Bushranger's coach Damien Wright has expressed apprehensions over the usefulness of introducing Dukes balls in Australian playing conditions.

Cricket Australia has planned to seek a competitive edge over England by introducing Dukes balls, which is used in the Caribbean as well, to domestic cricket Down Under, but Wright is not convinced over its efficacy.

"I probably wouldn't use them in Shield cricket, I wouldn't tamper too much with changing the Kookaburra ball that is traditional for us," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Wright, as saying.

"It [the Dukes] is a really good ball for England where the wickets are a bit softer and it's not as abrasive, so you can actually brush the ball up and get it swinging for the majority of the day over there," he added.

"Here, I'm not sure it would stay good enough for the 80 overs. It might be OK somewhere like the Gabba but here [in Melbourne], Adelaide, I'm not too sure," he said.

Wright added: "We [New Zealand] toured the West Indies not long ago and their wickets are really dry and quite hard and abrasive. The ball didn't stay very new for very long. It made it very hard to get it back up to being decent to bowl with."

The veteran pace man also said the Kookaburra balls keeps their shape on our decks and it's a proven ball in our conditions. (ANI)


Get stories like this on the Yahoo app and discover more every day.
Download it now.