Good news for England’s Ashes bowlers as ECB sticks with 2018 Dukes ball

• New county ball will not be used in this summer’s Tests • More pronounced seam made batting difficult in 2018 The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that this year’s Tests will be played using a more bowler-friendly ball, one different to the county cricket model, with manufacturer Dukes asked to produce a new batch to the same specifications used in 2018. It will be a popular decision with Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, and the rest of England’s fast bowlers since the 2018 ball had a more pronounced seam. It might not go down quite so well with their batsmen, or Australia’s, since last season was one of the most difficult for Test batting since the turn of the century. Continue reading...

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