Absence of swing leaves Anderson and Broad as baffled as the scientists | Andy Bull

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Conditions looked perfect for the ball to dart around at Lord’s but England had to rely on the short ball for success

No one really knows why a cricket ball swings. It is a problem that foxes the finest scientific minds, as much of a conundrum as the true size of the universe, the life-span of a proton and quite why James Hildreth has never been picked for England.

Oh, the mechanics of the movement are clear enough. That is all to do with what they call laminar flow, the way the air passes over the two sides of the ball. But the when and the where of it, why one ball should swing and another not, why certain grounds should be especially conducive to it, whether the weather has any effect or what that effect might be – all that is a mystery.

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Written by Andy Bull at Lord’s
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/25/absence-of-swing-baffles-anderson-broad-england-pakistan under the title “Absence of swing leaves Anderson and Broad as baffled as the scientists | Andy Bull”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.