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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Anglo-Indian stories(-worma)

Nathan Bracken, from his county experience, reveals the secret of Eng bowlers getting so much reverse swing.
."It is a breath mint that makes your saliva very sugary.

"At Gloucester as soon as we needed the ball to go 'Irish' they would bring out some of these mints and it would work."

There have been no suggestions that England's bowlers broke any rules as players are allowed to apply saliva and sweat to polish the ball.
So...let me understand....applying saliva is ok...applying sweet/candy is not ok(remember RD in Aus)...but applying saliva after eating the mint is again ok?...how much gap should be there between swallowing the candy and 'using' the umm...saliva?...what percentage of sweet levels in saliva are permissible?...uh..biology lessons, anyone?

I think ICC is again going to land in one of their regular messy holes. Ofcourse only if this story is noticed. I'll wait for developments/rebuttals on this one...ofcourse without holding my breath (after all one has to remember that this is an Australian speaking about English cricketers)

Meanwhile Flintoff climbs the ICC rankings as a test bowler. Up to number 4...which is a bit of an achievement for a bowler not consistently ripping through opposition lineups. Ofcourse a testament to strong Eng attack. Speaking of which, bad news...Jones is likely to be fit for Indian tour ;-).

Btw notice those bowler ratings....Shoaib still at number 7...despite having his last good test match....when was it? ;-)...no surprises then that there is so much clamouring over him

Slow news day...not much on the Indian scene...usual "positive vibes" from SL players, coaches...Indian counterparts etc...usual BCCI election preperations....ah well atleast we have a game to follow tomorrow ;-)

Btw..anyone aware of Mumbai Cricket Association President's XI squad to face SL in practice game? This interests me a bit, because Mumbai usually takes these practice games against visitors seriously...and sometimes plays a few tactical moves etc.


  • worma: yeh, it is sad that jones is going to be fit for the IND tour... well, hold ur breath about the other bowlers like harmy, flintoff, hoggy and giles... they will be touring PAK and besides the latest ashes there hasnt been a single ashes tour where the english had a full side... am i saying that someone is going to be injured against the PAK series? no... but am i hoping? yes....

    By Blogger Mayur, at 10:51  

  • mayur, I hope they come full strength. I think there is enough deoth in this lineup to tackle the English bowlers. Guys like Courtney Walh and Ambrose met with only reasonable success in INdia, so why should these guys be any different? Of course, I think Jones will be the biggest threat though. He is quick and he has better control that Harmi.
    My only wishes for the English series are that the tests are played in the hottest sultriest places available (with maybe a practice match in Kochi to start) and that the spinners are in good form.

    As for the mint and saliva combination, it seems RD's mistake was that he did it in full view of the camera unlike the very correct English bowlers. But I am surprised. I remember Akram (who was on the commentary team) that the lozenge had nothing to do with the ball swinging. Maybe, he was keeping a few things to himself :).

    By Blogger Toney, at 10:58  

  • Guys,
    Bracken has a poin, BUT the application of "sweet saliva" is customary in cricket. While using "sweet saliva" is not common in the subcontinent simply because the conditions are not as conducive to swing, it is highly prevalent on the English County Circuit. Dod anybody find it curious why Shane Warne, the playr assigned by the Aussies to shine the ball after every delivery, could be seen pulling a handful of sweets out of his socks, while standing at slip? Does Warne just love sweets so much that he is going o eat ten or twelve while on the field? I think not. I assure you, if there is a loophole to be taken advantage of, the Aussies always will. And that's the way it should be. Unless the ICC outlaws it, I don't feel there's anything wrong with it. It is a cat and mouse game and players are always looking for a competitive edge as long as it is in a legal manner- or at least a grey area- not so illegal.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 11:19  

  • sahir...if its so common knowledge...I wonder if this has provoked CA to recently come out strongly against 'loading the ball'.

    But anyway, this is what I meant by ICC landing in a hole...some day....as they usually do over such intricate rules

    By Blogger worma, at 11:41  

  • I say let bowlers apply sweet mint saliva or lozenge or anything else to help reverse swing. Batsmen have all the rules going for them...faster out-fields, fielding restrictions, wide & no=ball rules, shorter boundaries, graphite bats with thick edges that make even mishits go for a 6...the list is endless.

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 12:29  

  • yep..that a simple way of tackling it....just let umpires be strict on maintaining the shape of the ball...all else allowed

    By Blogger worma, at 12:45  

  • Here is the MCA XI squad:
    Nilesh Kulkarni (capt), Vinayak Mane, Robin Morris, Nishit Shetty, Amol Muzumdar, Parag Madkaikar, Wilkin Mota, Abhishek Nair, Vinayak Samant (wk), Usman Malvi, Avishkar Salvi, Aniket Redkar, Swapnil Hazare, Praful Waghela and Rohit Sharma.


    By Blogger Chandan, at 12:52  

  • thx chandan.

    By Blogger worma, at 13:03  

  • Ah, too bad about the timing of the MCA XI match conflicting with the Duleep Trophy. I would really loved to see Wasim Jaffer go up against the Sri Lankans. He is the one player I feel deserves another opportunity to prove himself in the test match arena.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 13:38  

  • clannzu,
    can't let the bowlers apply everything, because then there would be tremendous amount of vaseline used. Anybody that's ever tried it (wink, wink) can tell you how helpful it is. Not only will the ball swing more, it has a stickiness effect on the bat. Shots that should go for six will be caught out. It can get pretty tough to beat the infield in those conditions. So, there has to be some sort of policing of the matter; the question is, how much?

    By Blogger Sahir, at 13:41  

  • I remember Mumbai going after Shane Warne

    By Blogger @mit, at 13:44  

  • Worma,

    Since Railways are the
    Ranji champions and the Irani trophy. They should be playing the SL rather than Mumbai. Also Railways teams has some great characters.


    By Blogger Ananth, at 01:21  

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