Kohli comes out swing­ing over Test balls

Gulf Times Sport - - CRICKET -

Cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli said In­dia should ditch the SG ball for their home games, com­plain­ing that it scuffs up too eas­ily and that he would pre­fer to see Dukes balls used for all Tests world­wide.

In­dia thrashed the West Indies by a record in­nings and 272 runs last week but spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win said the SG ball was “dis­ap­point­ing”, and that he pre­ferred Aus­tralia’s Kook­aburra or Dukes.

“The qual­ity of the (SG) balls used to be quite high be­fore and I don’t un­der­stand the rea­son why it has gone down be­cause Dukes ball is still good qual­ity, Kook­aburra is still good qual­ity,” Kohli said. He said the “qual­ity of the ball has to be main­tained oth­er­wise you have too many dead ses­sions in a Test match. You want to see ex­cit­ing cricket and guys work­ing hard for runs be­ing in the bat­tle all day”.

Kohli added: “I to­tally agree with him (Ash­win). To have a ball that is scuffed up in five overs is not some­thing that we have seen be­fore.”

The SG has al­ways been used by In­dia in Tests and do­mes­tic games, while Eng­land use Dukes for Test cricket and Aus­tralia, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka pre­fer the Kook­aburra. Kohli said: “The Dukes ball is the most suited ball ac­cord­ing to me in Test match cricket, and if there is a sit­u­a­tion I’d vouch for it to be used all over the world be­cause of the con­sis­tency.”

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