Steve Smith of Australia playing cricket
Don’t pretend you haven’t wondered… (Picture: Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Australia may have won the fourth Test and retained the Ashes, but that doesn’t mean that cricket is off our minds.

If anything, watching all that cricket can leave people – especially any new fans out there – with some questions.

With that in mind, here are some facts about how cricket balls are made that you’ve probably been too scared to ask…

What is a cricket ball actually made of?

Cricket balls are hard and have a core made of cork which is then covered with layers of yarn.

After that, the ball is covered by a leather casing, the distinctive seams are stitched around the middle and the balls are treated with a tough lacquer.

Cricket balls are usually red, but can also be made white and pink.

Red balls are used in First-class and Test cricket.

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White cricket balls started being used for one-day matches because they were easier to see at night.

Now, all one-day matches at a professional level are played with white balls regardless of whether they’re being played when it’s dark out.

Other than the colour, white cricket balls are made in the same way as red ones, aside from having a harder coating on the outside, which is intended to maintain the bright colour for longer.

Pink cricket balls are also the same on the inside as red and white ones.

These balls were developed at the turn of the Millenium to be used during Test and First-class matches which were played at night because they’re also more visible than the red ones while at the same time lasting longer than white ones because the pink colour stands up to dirt more easily.

Therefore the pink balls can last for the necessary 80 overs.

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