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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkut View Post
    Which is THE reason why BCCI is opposing DRS. Got it?
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    After this series:
    Should AB De Villiers continue on as WK-Batsman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarun View Post
    After this series:
    Should AB De Villiers continue on as WK-Batsman?
    There is really no need for him to take that role, but I guess he will. SA have plenty of good keeper-batsmen who should at least play instead of Elgar. They could even give de Kock a go. There is no reason why AB has to take that role with Elgar in the side

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    Does Dean Elgar brings more in as a batsman than De Kock as a wicketkeeper and batsman?

    I suppose as with Sangakara, AB De Villiers would be better (seems like so, so far) as purely a batsman.


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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    i doubt Umar Akmal would have done much here either
    He might have failed too - but giving him chances to grow as batsman and gain confidence on those easy tracks of UAE/SL/ZIM/BD/INDIA/PAK/WI would have been one great thing for Pak middle order but Misbah's desi insecurities would rather give those chances to YK and Asad and result is the first series outside UAE/SL/ZIM/BD/INDIA/PAK/WI conditions and here we are. This is something I have been worried about ever since Misbah got captaincy.
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    How are our batsman supposed to improve against pace, seam, swing and bounce when they all play on dead pitches most of the time. Credit to our bowlers for at thriving despite the pitches in Pakistan being roads.

    Is it even possible to prepare bowling pitches in Pakistan with grass on them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Nationaux View Post
    How are our batsman supposed to improve against pace, seam, swing and bounce when they all play on dead pitches most of the time. Credit to our bowlers for at thriving despite the pitches in Pakistan being roads.

    Is it even possible to prepare bowling pitches in Pakistan with grass on them?
    The pitches are dependant on the soil being used, the subcontinent tends to use soil with a higher clay content.

    I see no reason why you couldn't have training facilities with different soil pitches. Would be expensive though

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    It might be possible to prepare such pitches but conditions might not be natural for it and cricket grounds staff might find it expensive to maintain it like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NasserFan207 View Post
    The pitches are dependant on the soil being used, the subcontinent tends to use soil with a higher clay content.

    I see no reason why you couldn't have training facilities with different soil pitches. Would be expensive though
    But wouldn't the heat kill off everything?

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    They could/might be able to manage heat but this is another aspect that makes this expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Nationaux View Post
    But wouldn't the heat kill off everything?
    It's hot in South Africa at times, and is usually really hot in Perth. Yet the pitches are rock hard, quick and bouncy, while they're slow and low in the SC. It's mostly to do with the soil.

    I think they've transported in a lot of different varieties of turf in Dubai actually. From places like Perth, Karachi etc....Pakistan could do with getting as much practice on those pitches as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Nationaux View Post
    But wouldn't the heat kill off everything?
    Interesting question

    "Everything is everywhere - the environment selects"

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    Soooo, I'm now a convert to Nufan's idea and I say we select 11 specialist batsmen in the team for the next Test. Younis Khan as our main strike bowler will give us a chance!

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    Even 20 batsmen would not be enough against Steyn and Philander.

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