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England winners of Specsavers Test Series during International Specsavers Test Series 5th Test match Day Five between England and India at Kia Oval Ground, London, England on 11 Sept 2018. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

England vs India 2018: Shane Warne Wants Curators to Prepare Competitive Pitches

The Australian legendary spinner Shane Warne wants curators around the globe to prepare competitive pitches. The former leggie believes a particular pitch should assist the seam bowlers on the first couple of days. Subsequently, the pitch should aid the spinners in the fag end of the match.

In fact, the recent five-match series between England and India was a perfect example of a good preparation of pitches. The bowlers were right in the contest throughout all five Test matches. The pitch helped the fast bowlers on the first few days and then, later on, assisted the spinners.

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Warne has some suggestions to offer.

Therefore, the credit should be given to the English curators as well as the England and Wales Cricket Board for preparing fair pitches. It is imperative for the home side’s board to send the right signal across to their pitch-makers.

As a result, the five Test matches were even contested between bat and ball, which is always good to notice. In fact, England didn’t take undue advantage of being the home side.

Furthermore, Shane Warne congratulated both the sides for putting on display a well-fought series. The leg-spinner also gave his best wishes to Alastair Cook who ended his illustrious career on a high. Cook scored 218 runs in his swansong to finish his career on a fine note. Warne also requested ICC to use Duke Balls in the longest format of the game.  top 10 bowlers of all time

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Moreover, the second leading wicket-taker in Test match cricket congratulated James Anderson for leapfrogging Glenn McGrath’s record. Anderson now has 564 Test wickets and therefore he is the leading wicket-getter as a fast bowler in red ball version.

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Shane Warne took to Twitter to share his thoughts. Warne post read as, “Message to all curators around the world-make pitches that seam at the start of a test match then spin-make conditions tough to bat-this makes for exciting cricket & lastly to the ICC, please make all countries use duke balls for all red ball cricket (I’ve said this for 3 yrs)”.

Warne tweeted one more Tweet. “Congrats to England & India on a terrific series of test cricket & the curators for producing wonderful pitches too. Well done to Cooky on an outstanding career of determination, stubbornness courage & all done with class. Lastly, to Jimmy who overtook my great mate Pigeon-✔️?”.