Series whitewash for India? Adelaide pitch to have more grass, extra bounce

Jan 20, 2012 12:48 IST

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Adelaide: They are desperate to avoid a whitewash against Australia in the ongoing Test series but the Indian cricket team will not have it easy as the Adelaide pitch is set to have "extra bounce" and "more grass".

"There would be more grass and there would be more bounce. In many ways it would be similar to last time," said curator Damien Hough.

The fourth and final Test begins in Adelaide on Tuesday.

The Adelaide pitch is set to have "extra bounce" and "more grass". Getty Images

The "last time" Hough referred to was the Test against England two years ago when the visitors won by an innings and 71 runs.

Batting first, Australia made 245 runs to which England replied with 610 runs. From then on, there was no escaping for Australia in the second innings.

"There would be something for the fast bowlers on the opening day," said Hough. "Then it would be good for batting on day two and three and variable bounce would come into picture on the final two days," he added.

Though Australia is chasing a 4-0 scoreline, Hough stressed there was no pressure on him to prepare a designer pitch to suit the home team. "I haven't heard from anyone. I am not affected by the scoreline. My aim is to make as good a pitch as possible."

Hough said the extra grass cover is provided due to the hot conditions prevailing here. "There could be weather disturbance on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. But the temperature is 36-37 degree leading up to the Test. We have ensured the grass cover doesn't let it happen," he said.

Among the Indians, coach Duncan Fletcher has so far chatted up to him. "He made general queries," said Hough.

Matches this season haven't lasted the distance but Hough said it was the least of his concerns.

All he wants is to prepare a pitch which lives up to the reputation of Adelaide — largely batting-friendly with spin coming in picture on the final two days.

PTI

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