Australian Test captain Pat Cummins said using saliva to shine the ball didn’t have a huge effect and therefore Marylbone Cricket Club’s permanent ban on its use isn’t a big deal problem before the third test against Pakistan. The final test of the series will be played in Lahore from March 21.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) recently made some changes to the Laws of the Game. One of these major decisions was the permanent ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball. The laws will come into force later this year. MCC had found that applying saliva had no impact on ball movement according to research. Australian Test captain Pat Cummins echoed the same thoughts and said a permanent saliva ban wouldn’t be a big deal.
“I don’t think (the permanent ban on saliva will hamper the performance of swing bowlers),” Cummins told reporters ahead of the Lahore test.
“I don’t think it had a huge effect, as big as we might have thought. We can still use sweat, so it’s not too bad.”
Cummins became the most expensive foreign player in IPL 2019 as he was bought for Rs 15.50 Crore by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). It will show up again for the same franchise they bought it for Rs 7.25 Crore at the mega auction. The team named Shreyas Iyer as captain for the next edition. Cummins expressed his excitement about playing for KKR and talked about his experience sharing the same locker room with Shreyas.
“Really excited. It’s great that most of the squad have been able to stick together. So most players and staff know that really, really well,” he said.
“Shreyas, who I played with in Delhi (Daredevils), we got along really well. He looks like a very calm guy and seems in good shape at the moment. I’m so excited to go there- low, I have close friends that I will play next, I can’t wait.
Virat Kohli is one of the great batsmen currently in the world and has already been established as one of the greatest in the game. Pakistani captain Babar Azam, who scored a formidable 196 in the second Test against Australia, is often compared to Kohli. Comparing the two batsmen, Cummins said they were both complete batsmen while playing any format.
“They’re both really complete hitters, no matter what format you play, they present their challenges.” “They are both very high quality (players), both have scored ages against Australia over the years,” he explained.
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