View Full Version : Educate me about the red,white,pink cricket ball.

February 22, 2013, 12:47 PM
Would like to know the speciality,the use of different balls for different formats and all other interesting facts about cricket balls.

February 22, 2013, 02:23 PM
As far as I know, and I can be wrong:

Red: used for test with white clothes. Used for the longest time. Usually softer than white ones, as a result, helps spinners better. Soaks more water, so more dangerous as pace on moist days.

White: harder balls, played with color clothing. Can be used for day-night matches for being white. Harder than red ones. preferred by batsmen than bowlers.

Pink: for girls? (no clue).

February 23, 2013, 07:31 AM
Here quoting the main differences between White and Red balls. Not sure about Pinki

Many players claim the white balls used for limited-overs games have more swing and more sting than the more traditional cherry-red ones.

White balls are used in limited-overs 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.

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.
But white balls show up scuffs and blemishes more than red ones.
So they have a harder-wearing coating to stop them getting dirty

But what do the people that really matter - the cricket players - think?
They say white balls are just not the same as red ones.
They claim white balls have more sting and more swing!
They say the red ones have a more leathery texture while the glassy finish on the white version makes them behave differently when bowled.

For spin bowlers, the extra shine on the white ball will affect their grip and the way the ball acts on the pitch.
Medium-pacers and fast bowlers will be fine as long as they can control the swing.

But the manufacturers are still not convinced.
They say the difference in swing is more to do with the different conditions in which the balls are used.

Read (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/rules_and_equipment/4188060.stm)