England’s premier pacer James Anderson has been accused of using saliva on the ball during the Southampton Test against West Indies, which is now been banned for the interim period in the wake of coronavirus. The cricket fans on social media have shared a clip of the same and also alleged that Sky Sports is taking off the camera when he is shinning the ball.
As cricket gets back to the normal amid the ongoing pandemic, several laws have been changed in the ICC rule book. The major rule that has been temporarily been imposed is banning the usage of saliva.
Saliva assists the fast bowler to shine the ball which helps them in swinging. But now this natural substance has become the carrier of the infectious virus. So, it’s usage has been banned as a precautionary measure. However, the ICC committee has not put a hold on the use of sweat on the ball.
Fans Share clips of James Anderson’s shining the ball:
In the video shared by a Twitter user, James Anderson can be seen shining the ball but it is not clear whether he is using saliva or sweat. However, the Twitterati has claimed that the England pacer is blatantly putting saliva on the ball. While other users also accused Sky Sports of deliberately changing shot to not show Anderson breaking the rules.
— Si Lomas (@SLomasSCFC1883) July 12, 2020
What a joke by sky sports. When ever Anderson starts shining the ball. They take off the camera from him. Clearly he is using saliva. #ENGvsWI
— Umair Ikram (@umair_ikram1) July 12, 2020
Meanwhile, on the fifth day of the first Test match, England has upper hand against the visitor West Indies. As of now, Caribbeans have lost three crucial wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai hope and Shamarh Brooks while the opener John Campbell has been retired hurt. While West Indies have scored 56/3, they are still 144 runs behind from the victory. Jason Holder-led Caribbean side will have to build a strong partnership to get their team across the line.