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“Feel sorry for fans…” Matthew Hayden criticizes Indore pitch after India’s defeat on Day 1




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The pitch at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore proved to be a curse for Team India as the hosts were forgettable with the bat on the first day of the third Test against Australia. The Rohit Sharma-led side were bundled out for 109 after spinner Matthew Kuhnmann took five wickets, followed by three wickets from Nathan Lyon. The pitch turned a lot which really worked in favor of the spinners and turned out to be a nightmare for India.

Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden, who was commentating during the match, expressed his disappointment with the pitch and said that such surfaces are “not good” for Test cricket.

He said, ‘In no way should spinners come to bowl in the sixth over. That’s why I don’t like surfaces like this. It should not be kept so low and should take so many turns on the first day. It doesn’t matter whether Australia wins this Test or India. Such surfaces are not good for Test cricket,” Hayden said on the first day.

You are allowed to play a Test match of four-five days. At this rate I feel sorry for the fans, I don’t think this Test will last past the fourth day.

Australia spinner Matthew Kuhnmann took five wickets and Nathan Lyon took three to bundle out India for 109 on the first day of the third Test in Indore on Wednesday.

Australia attempted to fight back in the four-match series from two heavy losses, introducing spin in the sixth over after India won the toss and elected to bat.

(with AFP inputs)

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