Cricket is also set to get revolutionised with the introduction of a microchip-embed smartball. Developed in Victoria by sports equipment innovator Kookaburra, this could ne the next innovation in cricket.
Kookaburra’s SmartBall has been in development with technology partner SportCor for the past two years and was launched in London this weekend. The Moorabbin-based Kookaburra pioneered white and pink balls for use around the world and believes SmartBall has a future in Test cricket and top T20 leagues.
Marnus Labuschagne and Jos Buttler try their hand at the Smart Ball – a design developers are hoping will be used in domestic T20 comps within the coming months! pic.twitter.com/oyUhHkrefn
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The smartball will bring a lot of innovations to the game of cricket. It will help to deliver instant statistics on speed – at release point, pre-bounce and post-bounce – that are more comprehensive and accurate than a normal radar. A bowler will be able to release the ball and then immediately look to his or her smartwatch and check the speed or degree of turn.
Former Australian cricketer Marcus Kasprowicz, England’s Jos Buttler and current Aussie cricketer Marnus Labuschagne were on deck for Saturday’s launch in the indoor nets at Lord’s. Fast bowler Kasprowicz, bowling off a few steps, unsurprisingly topped the speed charts.
The acid test will be ensuring the SmartBall is a like-for-like replica of a regular ball in match conditions. That will determine whether the ICC use it in international matches.