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Asian teams can create noise even in quiet stadiums where the ball hisses and hops on the batters from a good length on furious hairpin bends to fool foreign teams.

The home advantage in the sporting world may have been eliminated from the equation with the strength of Covid-19 when the teams returned to action behind closed doors last year. No fans in the stadiums for the home teams means no one will inspire them for one final push to victory against a tough opponent. Ask any athlete and they’ll tell you how a roaring home crowd could invigorate them to react from the most precarious position. But when it comes to cricket, especially the traditional five-day format, teams feed on the home advantage even in silent stadiums. To enjoy the home advantage, cricket teams don’t really need its proverbial 12th man: the spectator. Asian teams can create noise even in quiet stadiums where the ball hisses and hops on the batters from a good length on furious hairpin bends to fool foreign teams. Not that England, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa came out clean.

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