Published: Tue, December 25, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India vs Australia: Perth pitch was by no means ‘average’, says Tendulkar

India vs Australia: Perth pitch was by no means ‘average’, says Tendulkar

Tendulkar, who also holds the record for most number of centuries in global cricket, further said, "This pitch was by no means "Average".

The exchange was based on the pitch at the Perth Stadium that hosted the second Test of the 4-match series between India and Australia. This pitch was by no means "Average".

Australian legends have condemned the decision to throw pitch curators in Perth under the bus after the ICC labelled their wicket for last week's Test match "average".

Australia had defeated India by 146 runs on the fifth and final day of the second Test at the Perth Stadium. 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.

Across the pond, former England teammates Michael Vaughan and Stuart Broad declared the unpredictable pitch was good for Test cricket in a time where the excitement of the T20 format often overshadows the five-day contest.

"Someone has to be accountable for this awful decision & everyone needs to know who that is!"

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"Even batting in the warm-up before the second innings in Perth I still felt pretty good", he added.

Australia paceman Mitchell Starc also was disappointed with the verdict given by the ICC.

"You had a fantastic Test match over five days, a fantastic battle between ball and bat which is what you want".

The guidelines hadn't come into effect for that match but the threat of the MCG being stripped of the Boxing Day Test is now in play.

Johnson then engaged in a Twitter spat with former Indian player and notable cricket media figure Aakash Chopra as the pair quarrelled over the characteristics of what makes a good Test match wicket. If you look at the match here a year ago where the wicket did nothing, it was a pretty boring Test match. Many batsmen had suffered some nasty blows as well, due to its uneven bounce.

The match was an attritional one - every session saw countless shifts in momentum as both sides engaged in a serious power struggle on a green-tinged wicket that provided deadly bounce and, sometimes, no bounce at all. "You're bowling 140kph, guys are going to get hit on any wicket".

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