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I have heard that the slope at Lord's runs down from Nursery end (media centre) to the Pavilion end with a height of around 8 feet.

Wikipedia mentions that the slope aids in-swing from one end and out-swing from the other.

What's the physics behind this? What has the slope to do with the ball swinging?

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The slope actually runs across the ground, not down it as you suggest - so the ground at one side of the Pavilion is noticeably higher than the other.

This does aid with moving the ball, but off the pitch (seam) rather than through the air (swing). Bowlers from the Pavilion end can move the ball into a right-handed batsman more easily, and vice versa from the Nursery end.

As can be seen here:

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As your referred :

the slope at Lord's runs down from Nursery end (media centre) to the Pavilion end with a height of around 8 feet


At the Pavilion End when bowling to a right-hander, the ball slides down the slope going further away from the bat than you would naturally expect.

It goes further down the leg side to a left-hander than it would on a flat ground.

The converse occurs at the Nursery End.

This article explains what Bhuvaneshwar Kumar did to utilize the slope and this article referring Steve Harmison.

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