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India vs South Africa: Johannesburg Pitch Rated as Poor by ICC, Escapes Ban

The Wanderers Stadium has received three demerit points for a pitch rated as 'poor' in the third Test between South Africa and India.

Press Release |January 30, 2018, 7:44 PM IST
India vs South Africa: Johannesburg Pitch Rated as Poor by ICC, Escapes Ban

The Wanderers Stadium has received three demerit points for a pitch rated as 'poor' in the third Test between South Africa and India.

Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees has rated the Wanderers Stadium pitch as “poor” and, as such, according to the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, it has received three demerit points, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday.

The demerit points will remain active for a rolling five-year period and if during this five-year period the Wanderers Stadium reaches the threshold of five demerit points, then it will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 12 months.

Mr Pycroft, whose report has been forwarded to Cricket South Africa, said: “The pitch prepared for the final Test was a poor one. It had excessively steep and unpredictable bounce, and excessive seam movement.

“It deteriorated quickly as the match progressed, which made batting extremely difficult and hazardous, resulting in the medical staff from both the sides having to come onto the field of play multiple times to treat their batsmen.

“As the on-field umpires are also responsible for the players’ safety, they expressed concerns about the behavior of the pitch, and debated after day three if it was appropriate to continue the match.

“In the end, the umpires made the decision to continue and the Test reached its natural conclusion on day four. However, there was still excessive variable bounce and seam movement when the Test match ended.”

India came back from behind to win the Test by 63 runs that saw 40 wickets fall for 805 runs in almost 296 overs. Dean Elgar with an unbeaten 86 was the top-scorer in the match.

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