Sussex’s Australian seamer Nathan McAndrew was delighted to exploit familiarity with the Kookaburra ball and help his side end the first day on top of Glamorgan.

The Australian brand of ball is in use for this Championship fixture and Sussex employed it to bowl the home side out for 242, McAndrew taking four wickets.

He said: “It was a pretty ideal day. It was a good toss to win for Glamorgan so to bowl them out and have a few runs on the board is a great start for us.

“They are completely different balls, behave really differently.

“The normal Dukes swing a lot more and the Kookaburra doesn’t stay as hard.

“I was surprised how the ball lost its hardness after 16 to 17 overs so luckily we had them three or four down at that point.

“It was the kind of wicket that if you get past the first 20 to 25 overs with the bat you can really cash in for the next period.

“We were able to take wickets throughout. Jack Carson bowled beautifully to tie down one end into the wind and let the quicks get a bit more rest.

“They will come hard at us in the morning, so if we can repel them in that first hour and set a platform and hopefully go really big with the bat then tactically to bat once would be ideal.”