“SENA” is a very popular term in cricket, for those of you who are not ardent cricket follower we would like to inform you that SENA means different conditions of South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia where the game of cricket is played.
Asian Batsman`s are usually judged by their performances in these countries, owing to different qualities of pitches there are and what these pitches offers to the batters. Let`s talk about pitches of the SENA countries in detail:
Let`s begin with England, as England is known as the home of cricket. It`s very difficult for Asian batters to bat in these conditions as its mostly cloudy with a bit of sunshine throughout the year. For the first two-three days there will be sunshine along with clouds, but from day four or after the second session of the Day 3 it might breeze a little and the last day may see the heavy showers. The duke ball is used for test matches in England.
The duke ball will always swing in the air weather it`s the new ball or a old ball. While facing the duke ball, players should always leave the ball outside off stump because when the ball swings and players tends to face the ball outside off stump, it might go to the slip and the batsman might get caught.
While in Australia, the surface is naturally hard because of the dryness in clay. Batsman don`t get much time to react to the ball as the ball comes in to the batsman very quickly. Due to the humidity, the Kookaburra ball doesn`t swing much, unless it`s a shinny new ball, so once the ball gets little old it becomes little easy for the players to bat. The cracks on the pitches are also a factor to be considered, as it`s gets difficult to bat when the ball lands on the cracks and behave abnormally.
In Australia ball doesn`t swing much so the batsman should focus only on the pace and bounce, the batsman should play with soft hands so that the ball doesn`t get to the keeper or at slip.
Kiwi conditions are not like conditions of other cricketing nations. In New Zealand the pitches favours the seamers as the balls seams well on the pitches as there is pace and bounce, The pitches are mostly similar like the Australian pitches and at Basin Reserve, Wellington, the new ball might swing a little. In New Zealand conditions players should focus to time the ball with soft hands like they do in Australia rather than middling the ball with hard hands as the pitches in both these “SENA” countries are mostly similar.
Whereas, in South Africa the pitches are completely opposite among the other “SENA” countries, as the pitches tends to slow down a bit after the first day, which makes it easier for the players to bat on. In South Africa the ball only swings when it`s shinny from one side or either new. In Proteas conditions players should play freely as they get a little bit of time to react to ball as compared to what they get in England, New Zealand and Aussie conditions.