Sachin Tendulkar urges two-ball rethink after England ODI record

Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar has called for the practice of using two new balls in one-day cricket to be scrapped after England set a new record score.

Tendulkar, the highest-scoring batsman of all time, tweeted that having two balls in each innings “is a perfect recipe for disaster as each ball is not given the time to get old enough to reverse (swing)”.

He added: “We haven’t seen reverse swing, an integral part of the death overs, for a long time.”

Former Pakistan seamer Waqar Younis, a master of the reverse swing alongside Wasim Akram during their playing days, tweeted that he “totally agreed” with Tendulkar.

“Reason why we don’t produce many attacking fast bowlers..They all very defensive in their approach,” he said. “reverse swing is almost vanished..#SAD”.

Then on Thursday, England chased down the visitors’ 310 – a more-than-respectable total in former days – with 32 balls and six wickets to spare.

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England’s total at Trent Bridge was the eighth score of 400 or more since the start of 2015. Before that there had been just 11.

The advent of the fast-scoring Twenty20 format has had an effect, but one of the greatest changes has been using two white balls, one from each end, during an innings.

The ICC introduced this in 2011 to check the discolouration of the white ball in ODIs and help quicker bowlers get more bounce.

But white balls tend to swing less than traditional red ones, and the use of two balls has meant that wear and tear – which also aids swing – has been reduced.

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