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England’s tour of India: The Indian juggernaut rolls on in the new year

Happy new year! So it’s been over a month since we last posted on the blog. The last post was just after India were on their way to winning the fourth test against England. Predictably, the Indian team won that. And we won the next test match to end up with a 4-0 series win. Then, like the England cricket team, we took a break from the blog over the festive period. Finally, 23 days into January, we kick the 2017 edition of the blog off with a round-up of all that has gone on since we last posted.

Lots to discuss!

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India v England 2nd test, Vizag: Pitch Fever

To a musician, it means ‘the degree of highness or lowness of a tone’. To a physicist, it means ‘steepness of a slope’. To a baseball fan, it means ‘throw’. To a non-cricket fan watching cricket, it means the area on which the sport is played. To a cricket fan, it means something else altogether.

I’m talking, of course, about the pitch. I remember watching cricket with a friend who knew nothing about the game. He seemed pretty confused that the match started with a “Pitch Report”! I don’t believe any other sport does this, but for those of us who have been following cricket all our lives, we can’t fathom a match without a pitch report. Squad composition, set a target or chase, field placements, they all depend on the pitch.

A typical Indian pitch is known to crumble easily; it favours the batsmen early on, and by day 3 is a spinner’s paradise. It’s part of the reason the Ashwin-Jadeja combination has been lethal at home in the past 2 years. We have previously defended pitches which turn earlier than day 3. Rajkot was something else.

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