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‘The ICC should step in’ – Australian greats question Nagpur pitch ahead of India Test series

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Australian cricket greats have raised concerns about the Nagpur pitch which is due to host the first Test between India and Australia on Thursday.

A photo posted on social media by Cricbuzz journalist Bharat Sundaresan showed the curators at Nagpur preparing the pitch in a rather interesting manner

It appears the curators are attempting to make life difficult for Australia’s left-handers, with the possibility six of the top eight could be lefties, including David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Matt Renshaw, Alex Carey and Mitchell Starc.

India are only expected to have two left-handers in their top eight – Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel.

Simon O’Donnell called for the International Cricket Council to intervene in the preparation of the pitch, but claimed these issues with Indian pitches had not been addressed before.

“The ICC should step in and do something about it, if they think it’s not right,” O’Donnell told SEN Breakfast.

“If they think the pitch is not right, there’ll be an ICC referee at the game and the ICC will be watching this game.

“But there’s so many when it comes to India, we have all of these discussions, and nothing seems to happen.

“If they really think there’s a pitch here that doesn’t play to the normal standards of Test cricket and the characteristics of this ground, then the ICC need to do something.”

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Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie explained that India were looking to get a significant edge with their pitch curating.

“I think the Indian curators are looking at a way for India to have an advantage,” Gillespie said to SEN WA Breakfast.

“They potentially think spin will play a huge role and that for the best chance to beat Australia will be to play to their strength.

“Here in Australia, curators are under instructions to produce the best possible pitch they can prepare, that’s Australia wide.”

It will be a four-match Test series between India and Australia, with the visitors not having won a series in India since 2001.


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