Adelaide Oval curator seeks perfect pitch

Steve Larkin

The last performers on Adelaide Oval curator Damian Hough's centre wicket area were Bono and his U2 bandmates.

Just eight days ago, the rock stars played before 35,000 people on Hough's coveted turf.

Now, the head curator is aiming to replicate U2's perfect pitch, in a different sense, for the second Test between Australia and Pakistan starting Friday.

"The Joshua Tree runway where they came out and sang the first four of five songs was on the pitch square," Hough told reporters on Wednesday.

The square and outfield were covered by protective matting for the Tuesday night concert, with Hough and his team dropping-in the cricket pitch on Thursday morning.

"Its obviously challenging with being a multipurpose venue," Hough said.

"But everything has come up well. The outfield, you can't tell where the stage was, it has recovered extremely well and the pitch is tracking nicely."

Hough is overseeing preparations for his 10th Test match pitch - this will be the fourth time in the past five years that Adelaide Oval hosts a day-night Test.

The curator earns widespread rave reviews and speaks similarly to elite sportspeople when discussing his work.

"It would be the same with every curator - none of us are ever perfectly happy with what we're doing," he said.

"We're always looking at ways of improving and we're trying to take it to the next level.

"Sometimes they work and it's really good when they do; sometimes they don't quite work.

"There's a a myriad of things that go into preparing a pitch , so many different layers that are involved. Some are out of your control, some are in your control."

Hough said only time would tell what his latest version offered.

"Ideal scenario ... we want a little it in it early with the new ball, I expect the pink ball will hoop around a little bit," he said.

"And we want the ball to bite in and spin. I don't want to be the curator that takes the spinner out of Adelaide."