Former Test cricketers slam ICC’s Perth pitch rating

Vastavam web: Former Test cricketers Mitchell Johnson and Michael Vaughan have slammed the ICC for giving an ‘average’ rating to the Perth Stadium pitch, which hosted India’s second Test against Australia. Match referee Ranjan Madugalle on Friday rated the pitch at Perth Stadium as ‘average’, the lowest pass mark provided by the ICC when they assess the pitch and outfield of Test grounds. Australia had defeated India by 146 runs on the fifth and final day of the second Test at the Perth Stadium. “And they wonder why Test Match cricket is struggling .. Was a tremendously exciting pitch which had a bit for everyone .. Should be more like this IMO…”

The ICC’s rating is presumably due to the uneven bounce that became more prevalent later in the match. However, Johnson disagreed. “Inconsistent bounce use to happen a lot, the pitch is supposed to deteriorate. Is it any different to a pitch that spins a metre or more & stays low?,” he wrote. The Perth pitch saw some sharp bounce with one Mohammed Shami delivery hitting Australian opener Aaron Finch’s right glove, forcing him to retire hurt. However, Khawaja’s 72 after India skipper Virat Kohli’s 123 in the first innings proved there were runs on offer in the wicket.

At the start of the year, the ICC introduced a disciplinary system in a bid to improve the standard of pitches around the world and can provide six ratings very good, good, average, below average, poor and unfit when rating Test venues.