Monday, August 28, 2006

Converse swing in cricket

From Bob Woolmer's column on Cricinfo:

Interestingly enough, we are now seeing the emergence of a new skill called 'converse swing'. This is when bowlers are able to swing it conventionally one delivery and yet with the same grip and ball shape, reverse it the next, thereby making it difficult for the batsmen to pick which way the ball was going. The Australians suffered at Old Trafford when Simon Jones exploited this brilliantly. We noticed it happen on this tour as well and theorists suggest that using sugar mixed with saliva (say sucking a boiled sweet or mint) encourages the shine on a ball and allows it to swing either way with only the slightest grip changes. The fact that there can be a new bowling innovation is tremendous for the game and I only hope new regulations to ban the sucking of sweets on the field are not introduced now.

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