Bangalore or Perth?
Australia’s fast bowlers have been buoyed by their first glimpse of the pitch in Bangalore. Far from being the sort of surface where they would bend their backs for little reward, the pitch was described as “hard and shiny”.
It is the work of Phil Stoyanoff, the New Zealand curator who looks after the Napier Test ground and was summoned to India to prepare the Bangalore pitch. "It reminds me of the WACA," Stoyanoff told the Herald Sun. "It's been rolled and rolled in the past week and is really firm. It has a lovely sound to it."
Although there are a few cracks already, Stoyanoff does not believe they will break up. "I have no worries about the cracks,” he said.
Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here