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5 ball-tampering techniques that cricketers often get away with

Tanya Rudra
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03 Apr 2018, 14:44 IST

#4 Using mint saliva on the ball


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Another method employed by the fielding side to gain an undue advantage is to chew a mint gum and then use the saliva to shine one side of the ball to make it heavier thus creating a bias between the sides.

Often the ball moves in the direction of the heavier side and when mint is mixed with the saliva, it sticks around for a longer time which helps the bowlers generate prodigious swing.

Former England opener, Marcus Trescothick revealed in his book post-retirement that this particular method was widely used to keep up the shine on one side of the seam.

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