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Rank turners not good for Tests: Wright

cricket Updated: Oct 30, 2012 23:41 IST
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At a time when players like Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh did not mince words in asking for rank turners for the upcoming Test series against England, former India coach John Wright spoke of balance.

The 58-year-old Kiwi, who was in charge of the team for five years till 2005, is here to promote a scholarship in his name at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill, New Zealand.

Getting back to the media glare, Wright said: "Using home advantage is fine by me. Obviously, if you go to play in Trent Bridge or Headingley at this time of the year, the ball is going to seam around. But in India, wickets are such that they offer a bit of turn by the third day and last five days. Even then, there were competitive matches. Making a wicket that's going to turn from Day 1 is not going to be good advertisement for Test cricket."

Day-night Tests
Reiterating that he was a traditionalist when it came to Test cricket, Wright took a dig at the ICC's nod to day-night Tests, saying, "Imagine playing a day-night Test in New Zealand. Players would freeze by the end of the day... But it is definitely going to tilt the game in favour of batsmen.