Nasser Hussain, the former England captain-turned commentator, believes players will have to let go of their old habits and re-train their brains about habits in the current scenario.
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Subject to government approval, Cricket is set to resume next month when England hosts West Indies for a three-match Test series. The series will be played at two bio-secure venues in Southampton and Manchester behind closed doors.
Hussain believes that teams will have to create their own atmosphere while playing in front of empty stands but he reckons that letting go of shining the ball with saliva or indulging in celebrations like high-fives, hugs, all of which are banned due to the COVID-19 threat, will be difficult.
They will have to re-train their brain: Nasser Hussain
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Nasser Hussain reckoned-
“Some of the stuff they have trained their brain for 10 years to do, shining a cricket ball, celebrating a wicket, will be the difficult thing for them. They are used to putting saliva on a cricket ball and can’t do that anymore, so they will have to re-train the brain.” Nasser Hussain told Sky Sports News.
A lot of former and current cricketers have voiced their opinion against the ban on the usage of saliva on a cricket ball but England Test captain Joe Root feels that the restriction could help bowlers get their skill levels up, forcing them to be more accurate and add a few more weapons like the wobble seam to their armory.
“It could work in our favor and up skill level. Not having the assistance that you might normally have means your accuracy has to improve,” Joe Root told Sky Sports.
“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.” he added.
England currently named a 55-man training squad for the upcoming Test and white-ball series against West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland, and Australia.