Flat tracks galore: Cricket Australia admit pitches need to offer more to the bowlers

The eight innings in the ongoing Australia versus India has produced an unprecedented 2498 runs and Cricket Australia bosses have admitted that they are trying to ring in change to make all the pitches batting friendly.

hidden, Jan,22 2016

Sydney: The eight innings in the ongoing Australia versus India has produced an unprecedented 2498 runs and Cricket Australia bosses have admitted that they are trying to ring in change to make all the pitches less batting friendly.

In all the four ODI matches, batsmen have had the upper hand with 671 runs being scored in the Canberra game -- third most in an ODI played in Australia.

India Australia ODI series has been a run fest. AFP

India Australia ODI series has been a run fest. AFP

"In an ideal world we've got some of the best fast bowlers in the world who like it hard, fast and bouncy and we're not getting that at the moment," CA's general manager of team performance Pat Howard was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

"We're after the old fair balance between bat and ball and the unique characteristics (of each ground). And we do try and get the domestic cricket to try and mirror the Test stuff so we'll have to sit down and do that at the end of the year and make sure we get those better aligned. The balance probably hasn't been as good as we'd like this year," Howard admitted about the general take that the wickets have primarily been batting-friendly.

Howard was also sympathetic towards the new fast bowlers like Scott Boland and Joel Paris, who got a chance to play in the series.

"Let's not get lost. The ODIs have been great games. Great chases. But I think it's been a very hard introduction for a few of these blokes to international cricket. On two things: the pitches, but also the talent. The Indian batsmen are absolutely wonderful players."

PTI

Published Date: Jan 22, 2016 | Updated Date: Jan 22, 2016




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 England 6320 115
4 New Zealand 6404 114
5 Australia 6012 113
6 Pakistan 4811 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2262 126
2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112