Spin bowling consultant Jeetan Patel said on Monday that everyone knows that subcontinent pitches are good for spin bowling. The pitch between Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan has been debated on social media, with England assistant coach Graham Thorpe calling it a challenge.
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After the third day of play, Patel said, ‘The ball is taking a spin in Sri Lanka since the first day of the first Test. We know that subcontinent wickets are useful for spinners. It will be a new thing for outsiders. He said, ‘Here the ball softens quickly and does not take much seam. It happens in the subcontinent. The ball takes the seam in England or elsewhere. Chasing 482 for victory, England lost three wickets for 53 runs. R Ashwin hit a century and Virat Kohli scored fifty.
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Patel, ‘Ashwin and Kohli did a fantastic batting. India are in a very strong position and we have to work hard. He said, ‘We need to show a positive game. We have stroke-playing batsmen and we want them to show their natural play. This is our strength in the three Test matches played in the subcontinent.