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“Don’t believe the hype…”: Former Australian star has tough decision on Indore pitch




Former fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz does not understand why there is so much focus on the pitches in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy as they are “typical” Indian wickets on which Australia need to “adapt and adjust”. One of the architects of Australia’s first Test victory in India in 29 years, Kasprowicz told The Age, “I don’t believe the attention to detail around the pitches they were typically Indian wickets.”

“I realize this last one in Indore did a few tricks at the start, but because they are starting so early (at 9.30 am), maybe a little bit of moisture will help grip the ball. But later in the day In other phases, it was doing nothing like that.”

India won the first two Tests at Nagpur and New Delhi on pitches rated “average” by the ICC. The pitch at Indore was rated “poor” as Australia won the game by nine wickets.

Most of the experts including former Australian captain Mark Taylor and Mark Waugh have also been critical of the pitches, especially the Indore track.

Kasprowicz, who was part of the Australia team that won their only series in India in 2004, said, “Don’t believe the hype when I say, I know the odd ball was turning square, and it got a bad rating.”

“But I remember turning to the Bangalore Test in 1998, and I’ve got a picture of me standing on the wicket. It honestly looks like a dry creek bed. There’s no grass, but it’s got these cracks and cobwebs Its full face.

“And you just go, well, like what are we going to play. And guess what? We have to adapt and adjust. That’s the game of Test cricket.” After losing the opening Test in Nagpur, Australia dominated the first two days in the Delhi Test and scored 113 in their second innings on the third day to lose the match by six wickets and go 0–2 in the four-Test series. ,

“Obviously, after the Delhi experience of that second innings, the Australians adapted to the conditions and did really well. And so in the second innings they were 1/76 and were on (for the win),” Kasprowicz said.

“(Travis) Head and Marnus (Labuschagne) batted really well. They found a way, and that’s what Australia have been known to do all these years.” The fourth Test starts in Ahmedabad from Thursday.

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