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Kookaburra cricket bats 2013

Did you know..........

  • Kookaburra’s world famous Turf Cricket Ball has been used exclusively in Australia, New Zealand and South African Test Cricket since 1946.
  • The Kookaburra Dimple hockey ball has been used in all Olympic Games from 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and recently appointed sole provider for London 2012.  It is the only ball recommended by the Federation Internationale de Hockey.
  • Kookaburra sponsors some of crickets most celebrated and renowned players including Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Ian Bell, AB De Villiers, Martin Guptill, Steven Davies, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, Jamie Dalrymple,
  • Past greats of the game such as Ian Healy, Rod Marsh, Dean Jones, Justin Langer and Damien Martyn, have also used and recommended Kookaburra products, including Sanath Jayasuriya, one of only three men to score a triple century in a Test match in the 90’s
  • Sponsored Kookaburra Hockey players include current players, Liam De Young, Nathan Gilbert, Madonna Blyth, Teneal Attard, Bianca Greenshields, Marsha Marescia, Shaun Davenhill, Ricky West, Blair Tarrant and Jacky Schoenaker
 
Introduction to Kookaburra
The Kookaburra name is synonymous with Australian sport.� Not only is Kookaburra Sport the largest producer of cricket balls in the world, our cricket bats and ultralight protective equipment is used by the world’s elite batsmen.
Profile: Kookaburra Sport
Kookaburra Sport was established in 1890. We have world acclaimed cricket bats with the Kookaburra logo chosen to be used by some of the world’s best. The Kookaburra Turf cricket balls are used exclusively in Test cricket in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe with Pakistan being another renowned Kookaburra stronghold.
Our name
For the first 100 years of our existence, Kookaburra Sport traded as A G Thompson Pty Ltd and many members of the Thompson family are still involved in the day to day running of the company, looking to extend its award winning record as the world’s best known manufacturer of hockey and cricket balls
Family Background
Founded in 1890 by Englishman, Alfred Grace Thompson, a saddle and harness maker, with a love for sport, A G Thompson Pty Ltd. began business in Bay Street Brighton Victoria and by WW1 was already entrenched as one of the leading Australian hand-made cricket ball manufacturers.
Cricket Involvement
In 1945 the then Australian Cricket Board of Control wrote to all the Australian cricket ball manufacturers requesting that they send samples of their products for possible use in the first post war Test Series, involving Don Bradman’s Australians and the visiting English team. The A G Thompson “Kookaburra Turf” ball, a hand sewn, five layered quilt cricket ball was chosen, beginning an unbroken 62 years association with the International game which since the late 1970’s has also included the use of a white leather ball used for limited over cricket in Australia.

 

Kookaburra now exports world wide to all cricket playing nations

 

Since 2002, it has seen a very active time in the company’s history with the completion of the new manufacturing complex at nearby Moorabbin housing over 70 employees and the UK acquisition of the 200 year old cricket ball manufacturer, Alfred Reader & Co Ltd, also with 60 plus employees, confirming that Kookaburra Sport is the largest cricket and hockey ball manufacturer in the world.

 

Kookaburra continues to strive for excellence to be the best equipment for hockey and cricket both locally and world wide