Edgbaston: The pitch at Edgbaston will help the spinners and will also offer reverse swing to the pacers in the third Test between India and England beginning on Wednesday.
The conventional swing at Edgbaston has reduced significantly after the construction of a new eye-catching four-storey 32 million pound pavilion since England played at this venue last 12 months ago.
But the new sand-based outfield has resulted in dry pitches, which will help the spinners to get turns and offers an abrasive surface that provides reverse swing to pacers.
"The ball has always swung at Edgbaston, the difference this year is that the wind swirls around more inside the bowl than it did because the prevailing wind comes from the direction of the new stand," Warwickshire's director of cricket Ashley Giles, who is also an England selector, was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.
"The ball might start to reverse earlier now than in the past as the ground is very dry and abrasive due to the outfield. I think the pitches will generally spin more until we can get the water levels right. Some have turned this year, others haven't," he said.