Make pitches that are seam friendly in the beginning and spin friendly later, suggests Shane Warne

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Make pitches that are seam friendly in the beginning and spin friendly later, suggests Shane Warne

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09/12/2018

Shane Warne has asked all the curators to start making pitches that are seam friendly at the beginning of the Test and spin friendly later on, so as to make it tough to bat and make the game exciting for both the sides. He has also stated that Kookaburra balls should be replaced with Duke balls.

The Test series between India and England ended on a high note as the hosts managed to beat the No.1 Test team by a margin of 4-1. One major factor that led to their victory was the pitch conditions that favoured seam bowling in the initial days of the match and spin friendly later on. This factor helped the English team that was equipped with Seam bowlers like James Anderson, Sam Curran, and Stuart Broad as well as spinners like Rashid Khan and Moeen Ali, to put India in a shell.

While being happy by the conditions provided, Shane Warne congratulated both the teams for such a brilliant series and stated that the pitch conditions that were prevalent in this series should be made available in each and every Test match around the World. He also appreciated the ground curators and stated that such pitches, that favour seam bowling in the beginning and spin bowling, later on, are ideal to make all the Test matches exciting for both the sides as it gets tough to bat in such conditions.

In his recent tweets, he has asked all the curators to start making such pitches for all the Test matches.

“Message to all curators around the world-make pitches that seam at the start of a test match then spin-make conditions tough to bat-this makes for exciting cricket,” he said on Twitter.

Another important thing that Warne greatly emphasized was that Kookaburra balls should be replaced by Dukes balls. England have been using Dukes whereas Australia have been using Kookaburra balls for far too long now. Most of the cricketers have preferred using the Duke balls because unlike Kookaburra, these balls keep the seam in tact for a longer period of time and don't wear off whereas kookaburras stop swinging after 10-15 overs.

“Please make all countries use duke balls for all red ball cricket (I’ve said this for 3 yrs). The Kookaburra, for a long time, hasn't been a very good ball. We've been saying the same thing but nothing seems to be changing. A few of us have said, 'let's try the Dukes ball here'. I'd love to see it used all over the world. The best ball is the Dukes ball, so let's use it. It's time for Kookaburra to have a spell and get the Dukes ball out and try that,” Warne quoted.

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