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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Taking the pace off

G Rajaraman, in Outlook, examines the team picked for Sri Lanka -- and suggests the Indian think tank might have had an off day.
He could have a point -- but against that, there's this: In the ongoing series against the West Indies which, after all, is the best evidence we have of the state of the pitches there at this point in time, reeled in 13 of the 20 West Indies wickets to fall in the first Test, including 9 out of 10 in the first innings (the other seven wickets went to Murali -- but then, he can turn the ball and take wickets on a shirtfront, so that doesn't tell you much about how spin-friendly the SSC ground was -- or was not). For the West Indies, it was Lawson who took eight out of 14 Lankan wickets in the game (Powell and Best chipped in with three more in the Lankan first innings).
Could it be that seam might not be a bad option after all?

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