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Old October 6, 2012, 01:00 PM
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a decent article on cricket pitches....


On English tracks, the moisture content is higher as the Westerlies bring rains practically throughout the year. The air remains saturated with water vapour and hence exerts more pressure on the cherry. Hence, when Greig tells you from the commentary box at Lords, that the ball would start swinging after the 15th over, he simply means that by that time, the moisture below the soil would have evaporated. However, the bounce component would be nullified as long as the track is wet and all the moisture has not evaporated. Once all the moisture goes off, bowlers would also be able to get a slightly greater bounce. This however, will also depend on how hot or cold the weather is. In England, which is in the north temperate zone, it seldom gets hotter than 25°C. Hence, the pitches there will predominantly assist swing bowling.
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