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Tendulkar: scrap two new-ball ODI rule to revive reverse swing

NEW DELHI: India batting great Sachin Tendulkar says cricket should revisit the rule of using two new balls in one-day games in order to revive the moribund art of reverse swing in the format. Bowlers have often found themselves short-changed since the 2011 decision to have one new ball from each end which, many believe, has rendered the already batsman-friendly format even more lop-sided. The decision meant the ball never gets old enough to generate reverse or aid the spinners, while being easier to score off in the…

Reverse swing is ‘art’ not ‘cheating’, say Pakistan greats

KARACHI: Pakistan's masters of reverse-swinging a cricket ball have unanimously defended it as an "art" which can be achieved without the tampering that ended in shameful bans for three Australian players. Steve Smith had to step down as Australia captain and David Warner as vice captain after they orchestrated ball-tampering through batsman Cameron Bancroft in the Cape Town Test against South Africa last week. Bancroft was found to have used a piece of sandpaper in an attempt to alter the condition of the ball while…

Marsh hails Starc as world’s king of swing

DURBAN: Mitchell Marsh described namesake Mitchell Starc as the best exponent of reverse swing bowling in the world after Starc and off-spinner Nathan Lyon sent South Africa crashing on the second day of the first Test against Australia at Kingsmead on Friday. South Africa were bowled out for 162 shortly before the close -- losing their last five wickets for just 12 runs -- giving Australia a lead of 189 runs on the first innings. Lyon started the slide for the hosts and finished with three for 50, while the tall…