Founded in 1890 by Alfred Grace Thompson, Kookaburra is a sports equipment company, mostly known for manufacturing the most iconic cricket ball. Trading asunder AG Thompson Pty Ltd, Thompson was a trained saddle and harness maker, who learnt his trade from his father. In 1900, when he saw his business decreased by the rise of the motor car, Thompson decided to manufacture cricket balls. With great success. Kookaburra grew out to become the most widely used brand of ball used in One-day internationals and Test cricket.
Since 1946, Kookaburra’s Turf cricket ball has been used exclusively in Australia, New Zealand and South African Test Cricket since 1946. In 2002, Kookaburra acquired the 200-year old British cricket ball maker Alfred Reader & Co to strengthen its position in the English market.
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