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    Microchipped cricket ball may soon help umpires in Big Bash League

    A cricket ball with an embedded microchip could be the latest innovation to hit the Big Bash League this summer, with Kookaburra also keen to see it used at Test level soon.

    The Australian ball manufacturer is in the final stages of testing a new product that could give it a leg up on rival Dukes, whose balls are used during series in England.

    The SmartBall delivers instant statistics on speed at release point, pre-bounce and post-bounce that are more comprehensive and accurate than a normal radar.

    It also measures revolutions at the same points, which is unprecedented in-game data for spinners.

    Future plans are for the ball to assist the umpiring and Decision Review System (DRS) process by showing whether a ball has definitively hit the bat - or the grass, in the case of catches that are too close to call.

    SportCor, a firm chaired by Michael Kasprowicz, teamed up with Kookaburra to make the innovation happen.

    The companies are bullish that a SmartBall will be used in one of the world's many Twenty20 leagues in coming months, with the BBL firmly on their agenda.

    If there are no hiccups at that level then international games will be the next step.

    As opposed to stump microphones, this form of surveillance would help coaches and analysts at the highest level.

    "Absolutely," England star Jos Buttler said, when asked if he would like to see it used in Tests.

    "It'll be a great coaching tool and for viewers as well, it's amazing to see that instant feedback.

    "It seems to behave exactly the same as a regular ball."

    Ensuring the SmartBall is a like-for-like replica of a regular pill in match conditions loom as the ultimate test that will obviously determine whether the International Cricket Council considers its use at the highest level.

    Kasprowicz, Buttler and Marnus Labuschagne were on deck for Saturday's launch in the indoor nets at Lord's.

    Kasprowicz, bowling off a few steps, unsurprisingly topped the speed charts.

    "We should have got the St John Ambulance to sponsor the event. Hopefully there's no hamstring snapping," the 47-year-old former Test paceman laughed.

    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cric...11-p52fyt.html


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    looks good

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    I hope they release it to public soon, and it is fairly affordable.

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    Would be amazing to see this in the international cricketing arena.


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    These will be awesome for practice, they will give instant feedback on RPM and speed. I use one for softball manufactured by a company called rev fire, they were very expensive about 3 years ago, cost 400$, because it needed a hand held device to receive the information. But last year they can came up with a model that’s that transmittes info to the app in your phone and price dropped to 70$.

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    Will be useful for coaches to identify new young fast bowlers.Excited for the new technological advancements made in cricket.

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    Props to the Big Bash for always raising the bar from a technological standpoint.

    Zing bails and umpire cams were their ideas in the past too.


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    Has potential to be an excelllent addition.

    Players can track their progress this way and look for improvements in speed or revolutions.

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    Cricket Australia have reacted with cautious optimism to the development of a ball with an embedded microchip, saying it would require extensive independent testing before it could be considered for use in any top-flight competition.

    Last weekend, Australian ball manufacturer Kookaburra unveiled its 'SmartBall' that it claims can deliver instant statistics on speed – at release point, pre-bounce and post-bounce – that are more comprehensive and accurate than a normal radar.

    It also measures revolutions at the same points, which is unprecedented in-game data for spinners.

    Cricket Australia's Head of Cricket Operations Peter Roach said the organisation supported initiatives that could bring interest and excitement to the game, but any expectations that it could feature in this summer's KFC BBL may be premature.

    "A cricket ball that can gather data about things such as speed, movement and power is an extremely exciting innovation that will bring benefits to fans, but also coaches and players," Roach told cricket.com.au.

    "If this cricket ball is presented to us as a possible innovation to introduce into our competitions and matches, then our responsibility will be to ensure that the characteristics of how the cricket ball reacts in play will not be affected by the internal mechanisms required to support the technology.

    "To that end we would work with the manufacturers of both the ball and the technology to ensure that independent testing can provide confidence to players and teams that the ball will feel and behave the same as a normal cricket ball."

    SportCor, a firm chaired by former Australia fast bowler and CA director Michael Kasprowicz, teamed up with Kookaburra to make the innovation happen.

    The companies are confident that the 'SmartBall' will be used in one of the world's many Twenty20 leagues in coming months, with longer-term ambitions to feature at the international level.

    Future plans include making the ball able to assist the umpiring and Decision Review System (DRS) process by showing whether a ball has definitively hit the bat – or the grass, in the case of catches that are too close to call.

    England star Jos Buttler, who is sponsored by Kookaburra, said he would like to see the technology used in Test cricket.

    "It'll be a great coaching tool and for viewers as well, it's amazing to see that instant feedback," Buttler said at the launch event at Lord's last weekend, which was also attended by Australia's Marnus Labuschagne

    "It seems to behave exactly the same as a regular ball."

    2019 Qantas Ashes Tour of England

    Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

    England squad: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Chris Woakes.

    First Test: Australia beat England by 251 runs at Edgbaston

    Second Test: August 14-18,Lord's

    Third Test: August 22-26, Headingley

    Tour match: Australians v Derbyshire, August 29-31

    Fourth Test: September 4-8, Old Trafford

    Fifth Test: September 12-16, The Oval

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/kook...gne/2019-08-12
    Last edited by MenInG; 12th August 2019 at 12:40.


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    very good, big bash always introduces new things in cricket

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    more data = more fun

    I love this approach of adding more sensors everywhere and collect more data. It will also help in the further development of techniques with marginal gains added and improving the overall quality of sports we see today.

    Kudos to that.


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    And that is all very well but Kookaburra should look to produce white cricket balls that last 50 overs first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    And that is all very well but Kookaburra should look to produce white cricket balls that last 50 overs first.
    lol exactly. It’s a joke that ball manufacturers haven’t been able to come up with a good enough cricket ball for 50 overs. They need to fix up.

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    How much will it cost? If it's expensive then don't see much use of it, if at similar price as current balls then would be a great addition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boi View Post
    lol exactly. It’s a joke that ball manufacturers haven’t been able to come up with a good enough cricket ball for 50 overs. They need to fix up.
    Yes. More data is definitely a good thing but kookaburra needs to get their priorities right.


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