Are characterless pitches spoiling Test cricket?

After the Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Galle earlier in the week, Angelo Mathews admitted that pre-match talks had ensured that "exceptional batting conditions" would be produced. "The management had a bit of chat with the curators, but they are professionals," he said.


Stormy's picture
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Interesting point this but its not as easy as it seems. Galle is a good example. The two previous test were result games with neither going in to the 5th day and ground getting a warning. Interestinly a few tests later the game in Newlands ended on day 3 with teams makeing scores of 47 and 90 something and everyone was happy with that.SL played a game at JHB where you could barely make out the outfield from the wicket and still everyone was happy despite the game being over on day 3. That however is another debate but irritating enought to note here.

If you take the recent SL V Bang Galle test, yes that was a farce and Bangladesh even managed their first 200. I dont really see too many Autralians and Englishman making 200's on green tops - yes another debate for another day. The point is if every test in the series was on a Galle like wicket then its a total farce. But you need different wickets or else folks would be complaing of that being boring too.

The ideal wicket is hard to turnout and this is not restricted to Galle or Duneden or Oval. For example NZ are notorious for turning out green tops. This summe, presumably because its late in the summer, the wickets are flat. So get over it and play the gmae. English wickets are a classic. Early in the summer they are hard to bat on and late summer the 200's come out. Just get used to this and dont spoil the fun of different wickets.

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Good points stormy.

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