December 14, 2006

Ashes

Which pitch is which?

Brydon Coverdale

The supposed lack of character in Australia's Test pitches has kept all sorts of "experts" talking during the Ashes series. A common theme is players harking back to the good old days of raging turners at Sydney and hard, fast Perth strips. Peter Roebuck, writing in The Age, made his opinion clear.

As a matter of the highest urgency, Australian pitches need to recover their pip. Curators around the world are under pressure to prepare featherbeds so that matches go the distance and television revenues are paid in full. Australian surfaces used to be lively on the first morning, and winning the toss could be a mixed blessing. Now most of them are duds. Presumably, some clown will presently blame the ICC.

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