England Test captain Joe Root has favoured the ‘no sweat, no saliva’ policy brought into place by the International Cricket Committee (ICC) chaired by Anil Kumble in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic. The global governing council will allow third substance to be used under the supervision of umpires to shine the ball.
England fast bowlers Stuart Broad who recently underwent his first individual training did not use any sweat or saliva on the ball. In fact, Australian cricketers have also been asked against the usage of the sweat or saliva, as they near return to training.
Joe Root: The ban could work in favour and up skill levels
Root opened up on the ban and said the bowlers could be favoured from it. He believes the bowlers would be forced to better their skill sets in absence of assistance. Root said they would have to find angles, wobble seam, and trying out new thing up their sleeves. He also added it can help develop the bowlers.
“Not having the assistance that you might normally have means your accuracy has to improve,” he was quoted as saying by metro.co.uk.
“Guys will have to find another way to get something out of the surface, whether that’s a bit more effort, changing angles on the crease, using the wobble seam they might not have in their locker.”It could develop our bowlers in a four or five-week period.”
Root is yet to return to individual training as his teammates Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes have already hit the 22-yard. He could also possibly lead the English side in the three-Test series against the West Indies starting from July. ++