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India vs Australia: 'Perth Pitch Was by No Means Average' - Tendulkar Slams ICC Rating

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 24, 2018, 10:19 AM IST
India vs Australia: 'Perth Pitch Was by No Means Average' - Tendulkar Slams ICC Rating

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Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar has become the latest former cricketer to express displeasure at the fact that the Perth wicket was given average rating by the ICC.

Taking to social media website Twitter, Tendulkar said that the pitch was by no means an average one as it had tested the skills of both the batsmen and bowlers.

“Pitches play a crucial role, especially in Test cricket. In order to revive Test cricket and generate excitement, we need to provide more pitches like the one at Perth, where the skills of batsmen and bowlers are truly TESTed. This pitch was by no means Average,” tweeted Tendulkar.

The second Test between India and Australia took place at Perth and the pitch – which had plenty of assistance for fast bowlers over the first three days – was generally praised by fans and experts alike. "Anyone who says there's anything wrong with that wicket, they must've been watching a different game," Australia coach Justin Langer had said after the game. Earlier, former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson had also questioned the decision to give the pitch a low rating, saying that the Test was made better by the fact that the pitch wasn’t a “full flat track”. "Nothing wrong with it. It was exciting to watch a contest between bat and ball for a change and not these dull flat tracks being served up constantly. I’d actually be interested in knowing what a good pitch is? Hope for another exciting test at the MCG," Johnson had tweeted. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan had also been left baffled at the ICC’s decision, saying that more pitches need to be prepared like this. “And they wonder why Test Match cricket is struggling .. Was a tremendously exciting pitch which had a bit for everyone .. Should be more like this IMO”, Vaughan had said on Twitter.

The third Test between India and Australia begins on Wednesday (December 26) at Melbourne.
First Published: December 23, 2018, 2:48 PM IST

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