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We are used to the Dukes ball having practised with it during IPL, says Axar ahead of WTC final

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Most members of the Indian team head to the marquee event after playing T20 cricket in the IPL for over two months.

Switching from playing T20s to the longest format of the game is delicate, but exercising with the red ball through the IPL will help in the tough transition at the World Test Championship final against Australia, feels India each- rounder Axar Patel.

utmost members of the Indian platoon head to the marquee event after playing T20 justice in the IPL for over two months.

Also, while the SG balls are used to play the red- ball format in India, the Dukes ball will be used for the WTC final.

Still, India is well set for the binary challenges. To familiarize themselves with the Dukes ball, which is used in English conditions, the ‘ Men in Blue ’ have been working with it.

“We knew about this before the launch of the IPL. So indeed during the IPL, it was bandied that we will drift with the red ball, ” Axar told ICC.

“We had red balls, so we were using them. You know when and how to play, how important time you have. This internal switch from white ball to red ball is obviously tough, but we’ve enough time, ” Axar added.

The left- arm incentive, still, said that the focus is on hitting the right spot irrespective of the ball used.

“We switch from white ball to red ball. It’s a analogous switch to go from SG to Dukes, you have to use your gift and skill. You have to execute your plan, your bowling meter. Irrespective of the ball, if you drift a good ball at a good spot, it works.

“So, that’s what we ’re doing. Since the match is in England, which is different from India, we’re planning what lines and lengths will work then. The same thing in practice, we’re good to go. ” The first batch of Indian players, including the likes of Virat Kohli and Axar, landed in London beforehand last week and have been preparing for the final, listed to be held at The Oval from June 7 to 11.

“Those who didn’t qualify (for IPL Playoffs) got further time. So I don’t suppose there will be numerous problems because we’ve had a good time to prepare. ” “ The difference is the Dukes ball remains brilliant for longer. But during the IPL, we had ordered the ball, so were exercising with it and have gotten used to it, ” Axar said.

The Indian platoon will also have to snappily acclimatize to the fairly cooler conditions in England, having played the IPL in the scorching heat.

“ We came after playing IPL, where it was 40- 45 degrees in India. After that it feels great then. We’ve taken out our downtime clothes and are roving around wearing minidresses. It’s also a bit windy. Whenever we come to the UK, we enjoy the rainfall. It remains a little cool, there’s no heat. ” In stark discrepancy to India’s spin-friendly pitches, the conditions in England are more suited to swing bowling.

“ Obviously, the conditions in India and England are different. The fast bowlers have further of a part then. In India, baits play a more important part, ” Axar said.

“ The conditions are the same for both brigades. In England, the wind assists swing bowling and offers good brio if you drift at the right spots.

“ The platoon is getting together sluggishly, so the planning will go on. We ’ll leave the planning to our bowling trainer. ” Know More Latest Cricket News…

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