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Published: Saturday, January 26, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Jaipur: The visiting English side's hopes to get familiar with the Indian turners took a beating with the pitch at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, venue for the three-day fixture against India 'A' starting on Tuesday, wearing a green top.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Traditionally, the pitch here has been batsmen friendly offering turn after the third day, but for this match a green top wicket awaits the visiting team and the young aspirants of the India 'A' side.Former Selection Committee chairman Kishan Rungta, who is looking after the wicket along with curator Abdul Saeed, said the grass on the pitch will not be pruned down. Rungta said the new look pitch is in line with the BCCI's decision to improve the quality of strips in the country and denied there was any word from the Indian think-tank regarding the nature of the wicket.Looking forward to the action in the middle, the selectors will again be watching the performance of left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi as he is one of the probables to fill the third spinner's slot in the Indian team. With Sarandeep Singh and Murali Kartik doing their bit for Board President's XI and Kulamani Parida continuing his superb form for Railways in Ranji Trophy, Joshi has his task cut out on a greenish wicket.Mumbai opener Vinayak Mane will get his second chance to play the bowlers after facing them in the tour opener with the selectors search for a quality opener still on. The performance of Railway batsman Yere Goud, who is scoring heavily in the Ranji matches, and wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra will also come under the scanner. PTI


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