#45 - What is the difference between a cement wicket and a turf wicket, what should we keep in mind when we switch wickets?

QUESTION FROM KAUSHIL

What is the difference between a cement wicket and a turf wicket, what should we keep in mind when we switch wickets?


ANSWER

Hey Kaushil,

Good question. The main thing that you’ll find with different surfaces is the way the ball reacts. This isn’t just from cement to turf. You’ll find that every grass pitch that you play on will react differently; some pitches are dry, some are green and some are hard etc.

The main thing to keep in mind when switching wickets is your game plan and how you’re going to bowl. Different surfaces = different reactions which means you’ll have to adjust your length accordingly. For example, you’ll be able to hit a back of a length on a juicy, green wicket but on a dry, slow wicket – the ball’s speed is going to die and it will just sit up from that length.

On cement wickets, you’ll notice the ball skids through quite a lot so you want to avoid bowling half volleys or anything ‘in the slot’ that the batsman can just throw his hands at through the line.

When you arrive at the ground on the morning of a game. Go and inspect the pitch. Bounce a ball on a length and see how it responds and have a clear game plan in your mind.

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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