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The pitch was a vivid green and had spent a damp day under covers before the toss even took place, so it was little surprise that it was the most seam-friendly strip he had played international cricket on, Azhar Ali said. Ryan Anderson Jersey .Pakistan have refused to blame conditions for the loss at Hagley Oval. They have repeated the Hagley surface was not out of the realm of challenges a professional cricketer can expect to face.Yet it is clear that even by New Zealands standards, the surface was especially kind to quicks.Never before, for example, have all 30 wickets in the first three innings gone to seamers, in a Test in New Zealand. And neither Yasir Shah - the No.5 Test bowler in the world - nor Todd Astle, who took a five-wicket haul on this ground three weeks ago, could pose a threat. They collectively bowled 17.3 overs and emerged wicketless. Azhars part-time legbreaks did claim one scalp, but this was after the scores had been tied, and the result was a foregone conclusion.Maybe this is the most seam-friendly pitch Ive played on in my international career, Azhar said after the match. It reminds of one or two pitches in Sri Lanka where the ball moves for a couple of hours on the first day or two but it starts to settle down. Here the movement is there for longer. Its New Zealands home conditions so we, as a professional team, just have to play on whatever we get, and thats it.That their three-day practice match at Nelson had been washed out, exacerbated difficulties for Pakistan, though they did play a long Test series in England earlier this year. That tour had been played in Englands late summer, however, while this loss has come in New Zealands spring. Pakistan were also more effective on the drier tracks in London.You usually dont see in Australia, New Zealand or England a pitch that supports the seamers so much, Azhar said. There was no pitch was like this in England. It swings around there, but not as much grass as that. But this is the pitch we got, and New Zealand played better than us.In what may be a worrying sign with a tour of Australia on the horizon, the short ball proved particularly effective against Pakistan in the second innings. Younis Khan, Babar Azam and Misbah-ul-Haq all fell to short-pitched bowling - though in dissimilar ways. The bouncer barrage on day three had been perhaps the definitive period of play in this Test.If you come to this part of the world, you do expect that, Azhar said. You expect sub-continent teams will be tested with that short stuff and we all knew that. But as time goes on, well get better, and were hopeful to turn things around quickly.Though he only made 31 runs, Azhar had played the longest innings of the Test, surviving for over four hours, to face 173 deliveries. Having had an outstanding series in West Indies, he said he felt his own form was holding up.As a batsman, I was applying myself and trying to battle out the conditions when it was tough, he said. The New Zealand bowlers held their plans really well, and held their lines long enough to create chances. We couldnt get the flow of runs going at any stage, so thats why sometimes its hard as a batsman. Youre trying to play well and do everything right, but the opposition sometimes doesnt allow you to score runs.But Im confident that everything in my game is going alright. Its just a matter of time until you start playing fluently and the runs start coming. Brandon Scherff Jersey . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. 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Bouchard is currently ranked No. 62 in the world. Williams, fresh off her title in Toronto last week, will encounter German Mona Barthel in the third round on Thursday. Meanwhile, sixth-seeded former French Open runner-up Sara Errani of Italy snuck past Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercogg 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 and seventh-seeded former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fought off qualifier Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3. Sean Taylor Jersey. . Ninth-seeded German and 2012 Cincy runner-up Angelique Kerber beat Russian Alisa Kleybanova 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, while 11th-seeded former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia handled American Jamie Hampton 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Stosur was the titlist in Carlsbad two weeks ago. Also on Day 3, 12th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci held off German qualifier Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 and the aforementioned Barthel vanquished 16th-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-4. This weeks winner will earn $426,000. 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