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ECB chooses older Dukes ball for Ashes series
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ECB chooses older Dukes ball for Ashes series

England has ordered a new batch of Dukes balls with a bigger seam for use during the Ashes series as they attempt to use home advantage and benefit the bowling duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

The ECB have confirmed the ball from 2017 and 2018 will return, despite a new design having been used in this season's County Championship. 

James Anderson averages 16.06 with the more pronounced seam which is likely to benefit the hosts, as they bid to win back the urn later this year.

“It is felt that the 2017-18 specification Dukes ball on test match pitches has produced highly entertaining cricket that has helped promote the test format,” the ECB said in a statement.