A History of Kookaburra Cricket

Kookaburra is synonymous with Australian sport. Not only is Kookaburra Sport the largest producer of cricket balls in the world, Kookaburra cricket bats and ultra-light protective equipment are used by the world’s elite.

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. By the time the world was struck by World War Two, A G Thompson Pty Ltd was already entrenched as one of the leading Australian hand-made cricket ball manufacturers. For the first 100 years of Kookaburra’s existence, the brand 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, which has undoubtedly become one of cricket’s most foremost brands.

Kookaburra predominantly sells its products via existing retailers – Cricket Direct being one of their largest retailers – as well as cricket balls to leagues and associations in over 50 countries worldwide.

Kookaburra is the No. 1 Australian sports brand worldwide. Today Kookaburra is the official red ball supplier to the main Test-playing nations other than India and England, and produces over 500,000 cricket balls per year. It is also the only remaining cricket ball manufacturer to oversee their entire production process in Australia.

Kookaburra Cricket has long been associated with some of the best players to have graced the international cricketing arena, most famously: Adam Gilchrist, Dean Jones, Gordan Greenidge, Ian Healy, Jack Russell, Justin Langer, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, Rodney Marsh and Mike Hussey. Ian Bell, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell headline the current crop of Kookaburra cricket endorsers. Will you be next in line?

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