Ricky Ponting reckons a different brand of Cricket balls should be used in the domestic set up in Australia.
Currently, it’s the Kookaburra balls which are in use in first class Cricket down under, but, according to the Punter, there is a need to consider using Dukes as they would pose more challenges to the batsmen and would ultimately help them getting their techniques tightened up.
The Dukes have the reputation to swing for a bigger length of time than the Kookaburras which hardly swing.
Apart from the balls, the other thing that Ponting is not happy about is the fact that the pitches at almost all the venues in Australia are getting flatter and flatter.
In the views of the most successful Australian captain till date, the batsmen should be put in difficult batting conditions from time to time so that they do not get exposed badly when they tour overseas especially to the countries like England.
On their recent Ashes tour, the Kangaroos were bowled out for 136 and 60 respectively in their first innings in the third and the 4th test match and those two batting performances took the urn away from them.
Speaking to a TV channel after the 4th Ashes game which Australia lost by an innings, Ponting said, “We have seen quite a few times now that we are not that good when it comes to facing the moving ball and the main reason to it is that we don’t come across these conditions playing first class Cricket back home.”
“For the starters, we need to think about using Dukes. That would bring the swing into play. The batsmen would be tested even if there is nothing much in the surface. The ball would move in the air.”