Shane Warne suggests a weighted ball to solve a brilliant dilemma
MELBOURNE: legend of the Australian spin Shane warne has offered a unique answer to the question of how swing the ball without using spit or resorting to manipulation in a post-COVID-19 world - do a heavier side to make sure it doesn't need any shine.
Warne feels it can help fast bowlers generate swing even on flat wickets and permanently eradicate ball-tampering.
"Why can't the ball be weighted on one side so it always swing s? It would be like a taped tennis ball or like with the lawn bowls," Warne told the Sky Sports Cricket Podcast
It is speculated that the use of saliva to make the ball shine will stop to reduce the risk of contagion.
Responding to the extraordinary situation, Australian manufacturer Kookaburra He has begun developing a wax applicator, which could be ready in a month, as an alternative to saliva and sweat to help bowlers shine cricket balls in the post-COVID-19 world.
I'm not sure you want me to turn corners like Wasim ( Akram ) and Waqar (Younis) but it could swing and give the seamer something on flat wickets when it's hot and the pitch is at its flattest on day two, day three," Warne said.
It would really be a very good way to move forward, since you know that nobody needs to do anything to the ball.
You wouldn't have to worry about anyone tampering with it with bottle caps, sandpaper, or whatever. It would be a good competition between bat and ball, he added.
The iconic spinner said that while bats have gotten bigger and lighter, the ball has not evolved over the years and his suggestion can strike a balance.
Take a look at how bats have evolved. If you pick up one of the bats you started with in the '80s, and then one you used at the end of your career, it's like four of your old hits, but the thing is lighter!
So why hasn't the ball evolved? If anything, it's gotten worse, added Warne, who is currently in the midst of a documentary about his life for Amazon.