Kookaburra is an Australian sports equipment company, specialising in cricket and hockey equipment, named after the Australian kingfisher. The company notably manufactures the most widely used brand of ball used in One-day internationals and Test cricket. The company was founded in 1890 as A.G. Thompson Pty Ltd by Alfred Grace Thompson, a migrant harness and saddle maker who turned to manufacturing cricket balls when his livelihood was threatened by the advent of the motor car. In the mid-1980s, the company diversified into manufacturing the full range of cricket equipment, including bats, clothing, footwear and protective equipment. In addition to its Australian operations, Kookaburra has offices in: United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa, and India. Kookaburras world famous Turf Cricket Ball has been used exclusively in Australia, New Zealand and South African Test Cricket since 1946.
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