Green decks help bats­men

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

A PREVA­LENCE of bowler­friendly wick­ets this Sh­effield Shield sea­son will help de­velop tougher bats­men, Tas­ma­nian cap­tain Ge­orge Bai­ley says. Tas­ma­nia go into the Shield fi­nal against NSW start­ing to­day with a pace at­tack that has feasted on green pitches around the coun­try. Bai­ley said the prepa­ra­tion of re­sult wick­ets – of­ten at the be­hest of the home side – would ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit the coun­try’s emerg­ing bats­men, rather than bowlers. ‘‘ There’s no reper­cus­sions if a game lasts two or three days, so I think teams re­quest for a re­sult wicket,’’ he said. ‘‘ I still think that if there’s a lit­tle bit in the wicket, you need a good tem­per­a­ment and a good tech­nique.’’

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