The buyers’ guide: Selecting a cricket ball

The buyers’ guide: Selecting a cricket ball

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The buyers’ guide: Selecting a cricket ball

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If you thought all cricket balls are created equal – you’d be wrong.

There are a myriad of different cricket balls in production. To the untrained eye and novice, trying to tell the difference between cricket balls can easily have you stumped.

When choosing a cricket ball to best suit your needs you need to ask the following questions:

What is the cricket ball being used for?
If you’re playing at a competitive, professional level, all the hard work is done for you. The governing body of the league will generally recommend the type of ball to be used dependent on sponsors. All you have to do is find out what kind of cricket ball to purchase and head straight to Rebel.

For the family-friendly backyard game or training, you have a wider array of cricket balls to choose from.

What colour cricket ball is best?
The humble cricket ball virtually comes in all colours of the rainbow these days, however the most common colours are red, white and pink.

White cricket balls are usually used for their visibility during one-day matches that are continued into the evening under floodlights. As the match proceeds and the ball gets grubbier and harder to see.

Red balls under floodlights appear brown and can be hard to distinguish from the colour of the pitch.

Pink cricket balls provide greater visibility under floodlights and are even easier to see than white balls. Pink coloured balls haven’t been accepted by other countries around the world, despite the extra durability of the outer layer.

What about the outer layer?
Stitching and ball covering can make a big difference to performance and durability. Generally, the more you pay for your cricket ball, the better the durability because of the tanned steer hide in the ball’s shell. Cheaper balls resort to using plain hide.

Cricket ball composition is often spoken about in terms of 2-piece or 4-piece construction. A cricket ball with four quarters of hide stitched together is called a 4-piece. This will provide a longer life for the cricket ball. 4-piece construction balls are used for competitive matches, where as the less hardy 2-piece construction cricket balls are designed for training.