October 7, 2008

Rain, rain, go away

Peter English

Rain over the past few days is making Bangalore feel a bit like Manchester, minus the cold. Forty-one millimetres fell on Monday night and the ground squelched with each step on Tuesday morning, although the locals were pleased with the way the surface had held up. However, more evening showers and storms are predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday. The conditions forced the Australian fast men to operate off short runs in the nets, but Brett Lee and Peter Siddle were able to stretch out on a practice wicket in the centre square. Bowlers rarely worry about their front foot in these situations, but Lee will need to bring his delivery stride back by almost a metre to avoid over-stepping when the match starts on Thursday.

Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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