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England’s dry spell puts the heat on cricket groundskeepers | Tanya Aldred

India start their English campaign with a T20 match in Manchester early on Tuesday evening, but it isn’t the Manchester that they are used to

India probably thought they were flying to the UK for a back-to-back five-Test tour to be played largely on green seamers. India were probably right. However, the summer of 2018 has so far thrown a curveball.

India start their English campaign with a T20 match in Manchester early on Tuesday evening, but it isn’t the Manchester that they are used to. There has been no substantial rain here for weeks, tomatoes limp on in garden dust bowls, water butts are empty and a smell of burning drifts across the city from the fires on the hills at Saddleworth and Bolton, releasing, possibly, pollution stored in the peatlands since the industrial revolution.

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