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Thursday, 13 December 2018

CA denies claim of pitch doctoring


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Cricket Australia has rejected claims of pitch doctoring after reports the Perth curator in charge of the pitch at Domain Stadium told the media "they want to see this place fly".

Speaking to the West Australian, curator Brett Sipthorpe declared that CA had requested fast and bouncy pitch for the second Test, a claim denied by the game's governing body when contacted by Fairfax.

"They want to see this place fly. That's like an early Christmas present to me. To get that fear in the eyes of the opposition turning up and seeing it fly ... beautiful," Sipthorpe told the local paper.

But when Cricket Australia was contacted by the publication, they said they hadn't given specific instructions about the pitch in Perth.

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"We work with all of our venues to ensure pitches deliver a competitive match between ball and bat in all Test matches. That we see different characteristics in our wickets across our country is unique in world cricket and we should celebrate this and give freedom to our curators to bring them to the fore," the spokesman said.

Australians often complain about doctored pitches, especially when travelling to the sub-continent, where playing conditions are usually skewed towards the strengths of the homeside.

Despite what seems like an attempt to unsettle his side, Kohli said his side holds no fear over the state of the pitch even after injuries have impacted his side for the second Test.

"I was pretty happy to see the pitch the way it is. I hope that no more grass is taken off the pitch because that will mean the first three days will be, obviously, very lively and we as a team are happy with that," he said.

"We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now.

"We understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out as much as they are convinced about their attack," Kohli added.

"When you have four or five fast bowlers who are at the peak of their ability, it's always a great feeling to have in the side.

"For us as batsmen it also gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up that we can put in those match-winning significant batting performances because we have so much belief in our bowling unit right now. We understand that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result that we want."

Cricket Australia has rejected claims of pitch doctoring after reports the Perth curator in charge of the pitch at Domain Stadium told the media "they want to see this place fly".

Speaking to the West Australian, curator Brett Sipthorpe declared that CA had requested fast and bouncy pitch for the second Test, a claim denied by the game's governing body when contacted by Fairfax.

"They want to see this place fly. That's like an early Christmas present to me. To get that fear in the eyes of the opposition turning up and seeing it fly ... beautiful," Sipthorpe told the local paper.

But when Cricket Australia was contacted by the publication, they said they hadn't given specific instructions about the pitch in Perth.

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"We work with all of our venues to ensure pitches deliver a competitive match between ball and bat in all Test matches. That we see different characteristics in our wickets across our country is unique in world cricket and we should celebrate this and give freedom to our curators to bring them to the fore," the spokesman said.

Australians often complain about doctored pitches, especially when travelling to the sub-continent, where playing conditions are usually skewed towards the strengths of the homeside.

Despite what seems like an attempt to unsettle his side, Kohli said his side holds no fear over the state of the pitch even after injuries have impacted his side for the second Test.

"I was pretty happy to see the pitch the way it is. I hope that no more grass is taken off the pitch because that will mean the first three days will be, obviously, very lively and we as a team are happy with that," he said.

"We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now.

"We understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out as much as they are convinced about their attack," Kohli added.

"When you have four or five fast bowlers who are at the peak of their ability, it's always a great feeling to have in the side.

"For us as batsmen it also gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up that we can put in those match-winning significant batting performances because we have so much belief in our bowling unit right now. We understand that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result that we want."

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