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“This is not about having two-day games,” Ashley Giles, the director of England’s men’s teams, said.? “This is honestly about having a fair contest.? My concern was this [current] ball would make it too batting friendly on good Test wickets in the middle of the summer. That was the primary reason.
“We’ve seen some really good Test cricket in this country over a number of years.? It’s not as if we are talking about playing against an attack that is not very good.? The Aussies are quite handy themselves.?
“There are elements of risk to it because we are choosing to go with this ball and they have a formidable bowling attack.? Clearly, Jimmy Anderson is one of our best weapons – one of the best bowlers ever – so we want to bring him into the game.”
The total order of balls is understood to be for somewhere around 600, with each one costing around £60. They will also be used in Lions games, Australia’s tour matches and in the training sessions of both teams. Giles confirmed there had been talk about using a Kookaburra ball, but said Dukes had responded “brilliantly” to the ECB’s requests for an adapted version. The 2017-18 specification Dukes ball was used during the second half of the 2018-19 Sheffield Shield season.
Giles also said he anticipated having little dialogue with the groundstaff at each Test venue and that England had requested only “good wickets”.