Pitches for Ind-Aus collection have been poor: Mark Taylor2 min read
Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has come down onerous on the three pitches used for the continued Border-Gavaskar Trophy, alleging that some quantity of “skullduggery” should have been concerned in preparation of such tracks.
India are at present main 2-1 with a Test match left in Ahmedabad. While pitches in Nagpur and New Delhi had been rated “average” by the ICC, the pitch for the Indore Test was rated “poor” by match referee Chris Broad.
Leading 2-0 going into the third Test, the Indian batters had been undone by the Indore pitch as Australia recorded a thumping nine-wicket win within the third match to register a giant win, which was Rohit Sharma-led facet’s solely third loss at dwelling in 45 Tests up to now decade.
“I agree with that,” Taylor mentioned of the ICC ranking the Indore pitch as poor.
“I definitely think the pitches have been poor for the series, to be totally honest, and obviously the Indore one was the worst of the three. I don’t believe a pitch should be going through the top on day one,” he was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
“You might understand that day four or five if the game goes that long, but not day one, that’s just poor preparation. I thought Indore was a very poor pitch and should have been ranked accordingly,” the previous opener mentioned.
The legendary Sunil Gavaskar, nevertheless, was crucial of the “poor” ranking of the Indore pitch, citing the instance of the Gabba floor which was given “below average” ranking by the ICC regardless of the primary Test between Australia and South Africa ended inside two days in final December.
But Taylor begs to vary, stating that the Brisbane pitch was equal for each the edges, not like the surfaces for the primary three Tests of the continued India-Australia collection that are particularly tailored for the spinners.
“I think they’ve got to keep an eye on that sort of stuff because people look at the Gabba this season. The groundsman there just got it wrong,” the previous Australian captain mentioned.
“He left an excessive amount of grass on it however, in a approach, it didn’t favour both facet. It would have favoured the South African seamers simply as a lot (as Australia) as a result of they’ve acquired 4 superb seamers.
“So I don’t think there was any skulduggery going on at the Gabba. I think with Indore, I hope I can say the same thing there, but what happened there, the pitch was so poorly prepared it actually made the game a bit more of a lottery, which didn’t favour India at all,” Taylor mentioned.
“It probably brought Australia’s spin bowlers into the game a lot more than they (India) thought it was going to.”