I have come across this article with regards to buying cricket balls. It seems to cover most questions and is well worth a read. http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-choose-the-right-Cricket-ball-for-you Obviously buying Cricket balls is a personal thing, many bowlers would disagree with a batsmans preferred ball. Most bowlers would like the ball to swing prolifically whereas batsmen would like the ball to behave itself and just stay straight. I am not bothered too much as i struggle to hit either. Have you ever wondered how a cricket ball is manufactured? Check this video out to find out the traditional method used at Readers.