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Equally, though, that pitch was far from ideal. Yes, there was plenty of turn but there wasn't as much pace and bounce as would be ideal. More pace and bounce, even if there was a fraction less turn with it, would indeed be ideal. But as I say, there's virtually no chance of getting that at any of the remaining four grounds.
One of the main reasons for there being so many results there in recent years has been the fact that one batting line-up or other has often run-out of steam:
SA in 2008 one of the best examples
England in 2007 managed to put-up just enough of a show to take advantage of India's generosity
England in 2006 messed-up completely but Pakistan let them off by dropping catches then deciding that a stance against Darrell was more important than that one game
In 2005 one dropped catch changed the game from result to draw, even with all the lost play
In 2004 West Indies were diabolical for much of the time and more so than normal in the final match
In 2003 South Africa imploded as they have on not-a-few occasions, hence the "choker" tag
In 2002 both teams batted a bat-a-thon before the last day was washed-out
In 2001 England weren't quite good enough to force a draw from Warne and co.
In 2000 West Indies' batting was in shambolic state against England's swing bowlers all summer
In 1999 as I say there was a decent bit in the pitch for seam and spin
In 1998 Murali's magnificence averted a 600-plays-600
In 1997 it was effectively similar to 1999
In 1996 England batted diabolically and Mushtaq Ahmed bowled superbly
In 1995 both teams batted a bat-a-thon
And then you go back to 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991 where as I say there was some of the famed real pace and bounce and all four Tests had results. Devon Malcolm enjoyed himself especially in the two lattermost years.
I'm hoping we get a pitch like the one we faced the Windies on. It had abit of grass on, had some decent pace and bounce for our bowlers (although Edwards and Taylor struggled to get the ball to go through), and it was just a far fairer contest between bat and ball. If we get another dull, flat draw pitch then I'll be annoyed.
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