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Finch feels saliva ban may not affect white-ball cricket | Cricket News

CHENNAI: The last few weeks has seen much debate on the ICC’s decision to ban using saliva to shine the ball in a bid to mitigate the risks posed by Coronavirus. Australian pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have felt that the contentious rule may further tilt Test cricket in favour of batsmen.
However, Aaron Finch – Australia’s limited-overs skipper – is of the opinion that the ban may affect only the longest format of the game. “In Test cricket, there has to be some way to get that balance between bat and ball right. If the ball isn’t swinging and seaming, it’ll become a pretty batter-dominated game. It’s important to try and find what is right to get that balance,” Finch said in an interview facilitated by Sony Network on Tuesday.
Finch doesn’t see it making much of an impact in ODIs. “With two new balls, the balls generally swing for an over or two at either end in one-day cricket. Then there’s not a huge amount of reverse, because the ball stays quite new,” said Finch.
Australia’s plans of resuming international cricket took a hit when the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe was cancelled on Tuesday due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Cricket Australia now plans to tour England for a series in September. Finch feels players will have to be mentally prepared to tour without much notice in the foreseeable future.
“As a player I know in my mind that I’m preparing to go to England to play. Whether that happens we’ll wait and see. We just have to be ultra-flexible, and there might be a tour that comes up on relatively short notice. Because we could get that and that’d be brilliant,” he said.

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