IND vs AUS: Officials focus on pitch preparations after ICC ranks ‘average’ rating for the first two test

For the Indore Test, the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association has prepared a red-soil pitch with plenty of bounce.

Recently ICC  gave the pitches in Nagpur and Delhi a rating after Australia suffered back-to-back series losses to India in the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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According to reports in the Australian media, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, both pitches received a “average” rating from the ICC and match referee.

The pitch at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur has been rated as “average” by both the sport’s governing body and its match referee, Andy Pycroft of Zimbabwe. Pycroft also gave the pitch for the second Test at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium, “average” rating.

Mayank Agarwal scored a double century while pacers rattled Bangladesh, who were batting first, the last time India played a Test in Indore. In fact, as India completed the Test in three days, pacers dominated proceedings.

Despite a lot of international cricket recently, the venue hasn’t seen a lot of Tests. One thing is clear from ODIs and T20s: batters will enjoy playing on this pitch, unlike Nagpur or Delhi.