The International cricket has marked its return on July 8 amid the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe when England took on the West Indies in the first test of their three-match Test series. While the no-saliva rule has giving troubles to the players and started using sweat instead to shine the ball, James Anderson opened up about this.
While the West Indies won the first Test, England won the second and the third one to be played from Friday. However, both the Test matches completed within 4 days and that helps the ‘sweat’ concept too. But Anderson has hinted that they need a legitimized exterior substance to shine the ball.
“You know what my answer is going to be as a swing bowler,” James Anderson stated in his reply to the saliva query. “It (the no-saliva rule) needs constant review. Times are different and we have to do things differently currently. But it should be looked at.”
He further added: “At the moment sweat is working fine. We got some swing and movement. But it’s something you need to keep an eye on in case things get too favourable for the batsmen. It’s been a topic of constant discussion. We have done well with sweat. It’s also about being more aware that reverse swing might play a part if you keep the ball drier potentially.”
The pitch for the first Test in Southampton was referred to as a ‘new-ball pitch’ whereas the one used in Manchester for the second Test was helpful for pacers.
“It’s not a case of out and out pace. Obviously it helps. It’s good to have that option. But at the end of the day, I think skill is important,” James Anderson again expressed. “I think a good line and length is a good line and length. It doesn’t really matter if the ball is swinging or not. In the last Test, we didn’t have express pace. We had bowlers bowling at 80-85 mph. They were just accurate and consistent.”
While England have started hosting, other countries are slowly getting there. With the postponement of the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be played in Australia, 13th edition of Indian Premier League is all set to take its place in UAE from September to November as well.