Kookaburra will investigate the cause of a dodgy batch of balls that has marred the second Test between Australia and New Zealand.

The balls have deteriorated quickly in the ongoing match, with umpires regularly having to intervene and give the bowling side a replacement.

On day one at the WACA, when David Warner was on the attack and en route to a score of 253, the second new ball lasted just three deliveries.

Vice-captain Warner suggested after day two that the Kookaburras had been “pretty poor” over the past year.

“We will hand the match balls from the Perth Test back to Kookaburra to investigate what the issue may be that is causing the deterioration,” a Cricket Australia spokesman said.

“As with any Test, CA will also collate feedback from the match officials and players.”

A change of ball seemed to impact the game on day three, when Australia had five fruitless overs with the second new ball. It was then replaced and Josh Hazlewood removed Kane Williamson with the next delivery.

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