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Does the white ball behave differently?
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A graphic shows the difference in swing between a red and white cricket ball
The white ball swings a lot more than its red cousin

A cricket ball's round and hard, right?

Well, not exactly.

Many players claim white balls have more swing and more sting than the more traditional cherry-red ones.

The Sport Academy decided to investigate.


Why were white balls introduced in the first place?
White balls are used in one-day matches that usually require the team batting second to play their innings under floodlights.

Under these conditions a white ball is easier to see than a red one.

So is there a difference in the way they are made?
The materials used to make cricket balls are the same now as in the 1700s.

All cricket balls are made from cork and latex rubber on the inside with leather on the outside.

Umpires Peter Willey and Dave Orchard inspect a white ball
The white ball gets changed a lot in one-day games

But white balls show up scuffs and blemishes more than red ones.

So they have a harder wearing coating to stop them getting dirty.

What do the manufacturers say?
Leading cricket ball manufacturers Kookaburra are supplying the balls for the World Cup.

They insist the only difference between the two types of ball is the colour.

They say the two balls are manufactured from the same materials in exactly the same way.

"The various processes that are involved in making the white ball are similar in every aspect to the way the red ball is made," said Stuart Waterton, brand manager of Kookaburra Sport UK.

"They go down the same production line with the only variation being the colour of the leather.

"A great deal of effort and emphasis is placed on ensuring that the performance characteristics of the balls are the same," he added.


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The white ball
Why's it different?

Did you know?
Cricket balls are believed to have been light brown or even grey in colour to begin with
Kookaburra has been manufacturing cricket balls since 1890
The Kookaburra Turf white ball was developed in 1977




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