ICC's strict standards for test match pitches
The ICC has decided
on it's interpretation of a quality test match pitch
The good news is that pitches are allowed to support bounce, seam movement and turn. The bad news is that the ICC has decided that a good pitch is one which has good carry and seam movement for the first 92 minutes 30 seconds of play on days one and two, ensures balls seaming away to the extent of five degrees between lunch and tea for the first four days and does not allow the ball to turn any more than 3 degrees between tea and stumps on the first three days and between lunch and stumps on the last two days.
Needless to say, I think this is a ridiculous decision. Assuming it will be implemented, it'd be interesting to see the rules being applied to pitches at grounds which either offer too much help to bowlers or none at all - Antigua
, Dunedin, Headingley
, Kandy, Kingsmead, WACA
, Wanderers (too much help
& no help
to bowlers) and the Wankhede
So bloody what if a test ends in 2 or 3 days? It certainly makes for interesting viewing, which is good enough for me. I'd rather watch that sort of game than the ones at Lahore
in the recent past.
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