Indian pitch cops brutal rating amid 'shambolic' drama in Aussie win
Cricket's governing body has released its verdict on the divisive pitch.
The ICC have called out the Indore pitch and rated it 'poor' after Australia won the third Test match in under three days worth of play. Not a single Test match in the series so far against India has gone past three days with the pitches coming under heavy scrutiny.
India took a 2-0 lead after winning in both Nagpur and Dehli, before Australia turned it around with a nine-wicket victory in Indore. However, the Indore pitch certainly raised eyebrows with India bowled out for 106 in their first innings, the fourth lowest-total ever against Australia at home.
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This prompted Australian cricket great Matthew Hayden to blast the pitch on Day 1. Former Australian captain Ian Chappell also weighed-in on the controversy. Since the final ball, the International Cricket Council (ICC) handed down a blunt verdict on the turning pitch.
ICC Match Referee Chris Broad submitted his report and handed the venue three demerit points for its 'poor' standard. The Indian cricket board, the BCCI, now have 14 days if they wish to appeal.
“The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball, favouring spinners from the start,"Broad said. "The fifth ball of the match broke through the pitch surface and continued to occasionally break the surface providing little or no seam movement and there was excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match.”
If a venue receives more than five demerit points it will be suspended from hosting international cricket for 12 months After the Test match, captain Rohit Sharma defended the pitches and said the team wanted conditions where a result would occur, even if it backfired on the team.
"Before a series starts, you have to decide on what pitches you need to play," Sharma told reporters. "It was our call to play on such pitches. We knew that we could face challenges as well, but we were ready for these challenges.
"We are here to win whether it is two days or five days, it doesn't matter. We don't want to prepare a pitch where the results are not coming. We want to play to win.
"And we do understand it can come back to haunt us, I am aware of that."
Last 4 Tests pitches Rating in India:
Sri Lanka in Benguluru - Below average.
Australia in Nagpur - Average.
Australia in Delhi - Average.
Australia in Indore - Poor.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 3, 2023
Indian pitches are the main reason for the downfall of our best batters in Test cricket. It's not acceptable 😕. It's not fair for both teams. In India Test matches should be consider as three & two days.... #INDvAUS #BGT #BGT2023 #ViratKohli𓃵 pic.twitter.com/gH0JMOi15u
— Vinay Kulkarni (@Vin____11) March 1, 2023
Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing India 6-70 in a test against Australia
But this pitch preparation is shambolic#IndvsAus #INDvsAUS3rdTEST
— The Spence (@adambspencer) March 1, 2023
Matthew Hayden blasts Indore cricket ground
On Day 1, it didn't take long for Aussie great Hayden to blast the condition of the pitch with another Test match looking like it won't go past Day 3. “This is why I’ve got a problem with these conditions. There’s no way in the world that a spin bowler should come on in the sixth over," Hayden said on Fox Sports commentary.
“4.8 degrees, that’s massive turn. That’s the sort of turn you’d expect day three. You’ve got to give batters a chance... Day one, day two should be about batting...It shouldn’t be a spin bowler’s paradise necessarily, it shouldn’t be keeping low and turning a mile on day one,” he added.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has also weighed-in on the fiery debate. Chappell blasted the notion that players could be dictating to curators how they want the pitch to appear for the batters and bowlers to give the home side an advantage. And Chappell said it hardly ever works out, which was the case for India in the the third Test match.
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