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Post COVID-19: Kookaburra working on alternative to outplay sweat and saliva

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One of the leading Australian manufacturers, Kookaburra has come forward to help the bowlers in shining the ball once the cricket resumes after the pandemic. To push the Saliva and Sweat out of the scene from the game of cricket, Kookaburra is working on the alternatives so that the contest between bat and bowl could be balanced.

Currently, there is speculation that the use of saliva to shine the ball will be stopped to cut down the risk of the highly contagious infection with reports suggesting that the ICC is considering the possibility of allowing the use of artificial substances to polish the ball under the supervision of umpires.

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We have developed a unique wax formula

Brett Elliott, group managing director of Kookaburra, said the PA news agency that the brand is ready to counter the adverse situation which could possibly occur once the action resumes after the lockdown.

“Kookaburra’s research and development centre in Australia has been working on a product to replace the traditional methods of polishing a ball that could be controlled and managed by the match umpire. We have developed a unique wax formula for polishing a cricket ball,” told Brett Elliott, group managing director of the brand.

“The pocket size sponge applicator would enable umpires or players to apply a thin layer of wax which could then be rubbed and polished in a traditional manner to enhance the shine on the ball.”

The product would be ready in a month’s time

Elliott added that the product could be ready in a month’s time but the real breakthrough would be testing the ball in match conditions.

“It may not be something we need to make forever, it’s designed to get cricket back and give administrators time to make decisions. Nobody was calling out for this 12 months ago so maybe it is more of an interim measure.”

The managing director of Kookaburra also said that the ultimate aim of all of us to maintain the balance between bat and bowl.

“It’s important that a change to the method of ball polishing does not provide favour to one bowling discipline over another; the beauty of cricket is that it encourages teams to use a range of bowling skills and it would be a shame to lose any of them,” concluded Elliott.

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