No sweat: Anderson learning new habits to combat saliva ban

At 37 and in the twilight of his cricketing career, Jimmy Anderson isn’t too old to learn new tricks.

So, how is test cricket’s greatest swing bowler of this generation coping with the recent ban on spit-polishing a ball?

“For me it’s a natural habit, to put saliva on the ball,” England’s all-time leading wicket-taker said on Thursday. “So it’s been interesting to try and stop myself doing that.”

Anderson has mastered the art of swing bowling, taking 584 wickets — more than any other paceman and behind only three spinners in Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble on the test list — in a 17-year international career.

Licking his fingers and polishing the ball is Anderson’s typical method of generating
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