England bowlers using ‘back sweat’ to shine the ball

Bowlers are not used to apply saliva due to the threat of spreading COVID-19.

Mark Wood admitted England hasn’t had the best outing in the first Test so far.   -  Getty Images

Not allowed to use saliva on the ball, England bowlers have resorted to applying back sweat to shine the ball in the ongoing first Test against the West Indies here.

“Back sweat has been the major thing at the moment with saliva going out the window,” seamer Mark Wood said. “Only your own, although we’re mingling the back sweat a little on the ball, I’ve got some of Jimmy (Anderson) and Jofra (Archer).”

England witnessed a disappointing second day on Thursday with West Indies bundling England out for 204 in its first innings. And Wood admitted that it hasn’t had the best outing so far in the game.

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“We haven’t had the best day so plenty to do. I’d prefer a few in the wickets column rather than the pace column,” he said.

“They bowled well and got to give them credit, but 204 wasn’t on the radar, we’d have liked 250 or 300. We didn’t get it right with the ball, they got their line and length spot on. It’s a bit of cobwebs and rust,” Wood added.

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