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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


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John Smith

The Tiflex is made by not just the leading but the only cricket ball technologists in the world.It was carefully designed to redress the balance between bat and ball. It gave the swing bowlers help early on. Around the 40 over mark it softened along the seam. But, and crucially so, it remained hard in any other axis. Spinners, who actually spun the ball, rather than used its seam to give turn off the wicket could prosper. Often better by bowling scrambled seam spinners to take advantage of the harder non seam axis of the ball to give extra bounce and 'life'. Tiflex of- course can make the ball do whatever they design it to do.The reason the ball remained unchanged for three seasons was because the Flat Track Bully lobby of which Mark Ramprakrash, Ravi Bopara and Rob Key are famous members (they even managed to get into the Test side, where of course they were/ are being found out) wasn't so well co-ordinated.

Most people can bat well against a ball that goes straight. Why don't Rob key & co take up golf. There the ball remains still,just waiting to be stylishly hit. Let spaces in the County XI be vacated for batsmen who want to learn skilled batting.


there's a lot of merit in this argument, I think.


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