Brett Lee has said that the ban of saliva would not matter when matches are being played with the Kookaburra ball as it doesn’t naturally swing much.
Former Australian pacer Brett Lee has said that the ban of saliva would not matter when bowlers are bowling with the Kookaburra ball as it does not naturally swing much. The ICC had recently banned the use of saliva on the ball as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 & many former players has suggested various alternatives on the ball to make the contest between a bat & a ball more proper & even.
“I think it is definitely a disadvantage to the bowlers. Maybe the other option was to test all the players before they go out on the field and only allow the ones that are cleared to take part in the game. I do not think it matters with the kookaburra ball as it has not been swinging recently much anyway,” Lee told the media.
The former Australian pacer also said that reverse swing will come into the play because of the saliva ban. “Yes, I do not think we are going to see any reverse swing or little anyway because of the saliva ban,” Lee said.
International cricket resumed last week with England & West Indies facing each other in the three-Test series. The first match was won by West Indies by four wickets & many people raised questions over the performance of pacer James Anderson.
Anderson was not seen producing the swing which he used to do normally but Lee said that one should not judge Anderson as it was the first match for England after a long time.
“Anderson is one of the best bowlers in the world in terms of pacers so I don’t think we could be too hard on him. Maybe he did not have the best match but he is still a real asset to England,” Lee said.
Brett Lee has played 76 Tests, 221 ODIs & 25 T20Is for Australia & manages to take 718 scores across all the formats. Along with Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar Lee was viewed as one of the fastest bowlers in the cricket fraternity.