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I think if you're a seam-dominant pace attack (i.e. Australia in the 2000s) then yes, SL is a place where you'll struggle. Plenty of swing bowlers do fine there though. Vaas, the Pakistani bowlers. Hell, even someone like Kulasekara does all right.
Just gotta play to the conditions: pitch it up, get late swing. Not every pitch needs to play like Australia.
Your point about most sides being mostly made up of seamers is pretty redundant. Plenty of sides have spinners as their main bowlers, who usually bowl a large chunk of overs. All Asian sides, and even England and the West Indies would probably look for spin to be their main weapon if they went to SL tomorrow. That's more than half the test playing nations. Furthermore, if that's the atttidue, shouldn't we pretty much discount a lot of the runs scored by Australian and South African batsman at home against Asian sides, who are usually spin dominant?
Besides, The Sean nailed it with his post. You can't determine the merits of someones career simply by statsguruing which continents they get most of their runs in. There are flat wickets in Asia, just like there are flat wickets everywhere; but there are also pitches that do a lot, just like there are pitches that do a lot everywhere. To really determine the merit of someones runs, you need to watch their innings, and in the case of a players career, most of their innings.
I'm wondering how many actual series in the past 20 years have actually been played on green tops?
They're few and far between.
Yet there are plenty of "tricky" wickets - all over the world including the subcontinent.
Dunedin is probably flatter than most SC wickets. Hell, anywhere India's played in the past few years outside of England has been bloody flat.
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Even the pitches in the England series weren't ones you'd label seamer friendly. Games in England are maybe slightly more seamer friendly than most, but it's almost all to do with atmospheric conditions and the Duke. Pitches are usually flat, without the pace and bounce of the ones in Australia.
The Murali's controversial run out series in NZ was played on greentops too IIRC
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