The five-day Test Cricket match between England and India was being played in the warm and cloudy atmosphere of Old Trafford in Manchester, where there was a slight breeze. The pitch was green, moist and bouncy.
This weather made just the right environment for the swing bowlers, a rare art in a game increasingly dominated by high speed players. A swing bowler can make the ball curve down the wicket confusing the batsmen about where to hit.
The bowlers’ job is to polish one side of the ball and make the other rough.