The ban on the usage of saliva is one of the few rules introduced by ICC to stop the spread of novel corona virus pandemic. The swing bowlers are finding it extremely difficult to cope up with this rule as saliva was their primary weapon in maintaining the shine of the ball for a longer period of time that helps them to swing the ball for long.
In the ongoing test match, both the teams have swing bowlers and it was interesting to see how both teams will go about their business but the Windies bowlers have come out unscathed as the ban of saliva hasn’t really affected them but can the same be said for England bowlers?
The veteran England fast bowler James Anderson who is 13 wickets short of 600 wicket club has had an ordinary game so far by his standards. The bowler who is primarily known for swing bowling found it difficult to maintain the shine of the ball and as a result, the ball was assisting as expected.
Here’s a video that shows James Anderson shining the ball but did he used his saliva and breached the ICC rule?
The resumption of cricket couldn’t have been any better as the underdogs in Windies are in a commanding position against the overwhelming favorites England in the 1st test of the 3 match test series.
England managed to accumulate only 204 runs in the 1st innings on a reasonable batting deck and allowed Windies to score 318 runs thereby considering a healthy lead of 114 runs and it was always going to be a catch up game for the hosts.
The hosts did managed to comeback with some fine half centuries from Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley but they could only challenge Windies with 200 runs as the target which the visitors are in touching distance with 57 needed and have as many as 6 wickets in hand.
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