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    Question about "bat-breaker" balls

    I've heard of certain cricket balls being labelled as "bat-breaker" balls and thus being avoided for practice or match purposes. I know these are generally the shiny, rock-hard balls, but I'm not sure which brand of balls has good quality while not being of the "bat-breaker" type. Some SG balls I've used supposedly are also "bat-breaker" balls, as are some Kookaburras. Any suggestions?

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    The bat breaker balls are the cheap, shiny and hard ones.

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    Yes, I know that. But I'm asking more in terms of the brand, because I thought SG balls were supposed to be good and it turns out many SG balls that I have are "bat-breakers".

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    Stay away from anything that isn't Kookaburra or PLatypus.


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    Kookaburra balls are generally pretty good quality compared to the rest.
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    Red king is quality as well. Anything with the thompson thing on the other side in aus is a good ball generally

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    Quote Originally Posted by King_Ponting
    Red king is quality as well. Anything with the thompson thing on the other side in aus is a good ball generally
    Red king is crap. Ive had kidney stones that are better to bat with.
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    red kings swing liike crazy in the first 5-8 overs

    an openers nightmare

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00
    Red king is crap. Ive had kidney stones that are better to bat with.
    As a pratice ball mate.

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    Aren't Red King's usually two-piece? Anyways, I think most balls are OK, but all brands bring out different quality balls. If you buy the cheapest, then it is likely that they are going to be "bat-breakers", but if you get the more expensive one's, they'll be better.

    A few guys that I know who have gone to England think that they balls over there are like bowling rocks down the pitch, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    Aren't Red King's usually two-piece? Anyways, I think most balls are OK, but all brands bring out different quality balls. If you buy the cheapest, then it is likely that they are going to be "bat-breakers", but if you get the more expensive one's, they'll be better.

    A few guys that I know who have gone to England think that they balls over there are like bowling rocks down the pitch, though.
    Indeed, two-piece = ridiculous swing.

    May as well duct tape one half of a tennis ball and have a net sesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00
    Indeed, two-piece = ridiculous swing.

    May as well duct tape one half of a tennis ball and have a net sesh.
    Good for bowlers, and good for batsman to work on their footwork to swing bowling

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    Quote Originally Posted by King_Ponting
    Good for bowlers, and good for batsman to work on their footwork to swing bowling
    Theyre dodgy as a dogs nut, so unrealistic. And from my experience they lose shape pretty early. I guess theyre ok cause theyre pretty cheap, but theres far better ways for a batsman to work out their footwork.

    Hunts cricket balls, dont buy them also, sooooo crap.

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    rule of thumb, any ball cheaper than $20 aus is dodgey anything above is good or will do the job

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