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Old 08-21-2019, 03:43 AM
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Originally Posted by penultima thule View Post
In cricket, which regards natural wear of the ball (over around 500 "pitches") as intrinsic to the game, this is termed natural swing.
If the ball gets really scuffed, with appropriate care then about a third/half way through it's game-life the ball can begin to swing (break) the other way i.e. towards the scuffed side which is termed reverse swing.
There's more to it than that - the fielding team will deliberately polish one side of the ball on their clothes whenever they get the chance, in order to increase swing. Polishing the ball on your clothes is legal, and you can tell who's been doing it by the red streak on their hip, but deliberately damaging the ball on the other side is not legal.