When you see a guy out on the pitch mid-way through the second day with a dustpan and brush sweeping up loose dust and sand doesn't that ring any alarm bells with the ICC?There was a big argument last week - I didn't think that pitch wasn't fit enough for Test match cricket, but the ICC didn't do anything. Once they don't do anything it just leaves it open for the next ones.
Until the ICC actually act, and we talked about points being deducted and things that actually matter, it will just carry on. You don't want to see Test cricket played on pitches like this - the odd one is interesting, and I quite like low-scoring games, but pitches like this make batting a lottery, and that isn't what Test cricket is about. It's about skill v skill.
Spot onOn a decent pitch they know they can't beat us - as was demonstrated in the first test - so they serve up the rubbish that we've subjected to in the last two tests (which they play on week in, week out) and unsurprisingly win easily.
Jonathan Agnew summed it up quite nicely on the BBC website:
When you see a guy out on the pitch mid-way through the second day with a dustpan and brush sweeping up loose dust and sand doesn't that ring any alarm bells with the ICC?
Maybe instead of using Headingly for home test matches we should start using Scarborough beach and learn how to play cricket in sand pits.
Absolutely, something needs to be done about itAny test match that finishes in 2-days must raise some serious red flags. If the ICC don't get off their butts and do something, I can foresee a point when teams will refuse to play in India.
Yep completely ruined the series. It’s not test crickets fault though it’s the BCCI, now let’s see if the ICC do anything about itYes a complete joke. Root is a tidy back-up spinner, but 5-8, really? This has ruined the series and shows how far test cricket has sunk.
Totally agree on the home advantage as that is what makes going round the world interesting. But test matches shouldn’t be finishing in 2 days with both teams struggling to score at all and part timers taking cheap 5 fors. Even the worst green tops make it into the 3rd day.Whats the fuss?
Pitches are set to give the home team the advantage,same as we always have with green early season and swing pitches and Oz with quick and bouncy.
That is nuts when you think about it. Like even the most high scoring t20 is unlikely to produce as much as 500 runs and you'd think even the most bowler friendly test pitch should have a fair few more runs in it than that.More runs scored in New Zealand v Australia 20/20 last night that in a 5 day test match.
They've done something kind of like that in county cricket, not exactly sure how it works but doesn't seem to have been particularly well received.If we accept that winning the toss is very important in test cricket and that conditions generally favour home teams why don't they change the rules so that all away teams have the toss always.......would this help to make for better series of games ?
Yeah was the right call but I think they were more coming at it from the point of view of hopefully being able to manipulate when they'd bat and bowl in the twilight. I don't think they were particularly thinking about the pitch disintegrating within 20 oversEngland won the toss and decided to bat first