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.

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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.

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The bowlers’ job is to polish one side of the ball and make the other rough.

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