Cricket Oz builds artificial pitch

2014-09-16 13:10
Cricket Australia

Sydney - Australia has built an artificial pitch at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane to help its batsmen deal with spin-bowling on the slow tracks of the subcontinent, where they have so often struggled in the past.

The surface, which is intended to mimic the conditions in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, has a concrete base with artificial grass, clay and turf rolled into a compact layer on top.

"The artificial base and the bounce is a lot different to what we get in Australia," Cricket Australia's high performance manager Pat Howard told Brisbane's Courier Mail on Tuesday.

"I think it's a step in the right direction. Batsmen can practise on a pitch that will play very differently to what we can expect in Australia.

"It's a start. At no stage am I going to suggest it's the finished article but I think it will provide a good, solid base to try something different."

Australia's problems with spin bowling are widely considered to have contributed to the humiliating 4-0 series sweep they suffered in India last year.

The first players will get a chance to bat and bowl on it this week as Australia prepare for a trip to the United Arab Emirates to take on Pakistan in two tests, three one-day matches and a Twenty20 starting next month.

Howard said he would continue to investigate the possibility of bringing soil from India to more accurately replicate conditions, even if he had discovered that there was a great deal of variety in the make-up of pitches in South Asia.

"In a further process we have been talking to quarries and doing further testing," Howard added.

"We even found out that in Mumbai they have a mixture of clays. It's very different, as you could imagine, if you go from the bottom of Sri Lanka in Galle all the way up to Mohali.

"It's a fascinating process and we're not going to have a magic bullet here.

"I'm happy to keep trying and innovating. I'm sure some things won't go well, but I'm sure over a period of time we can create something that adds to the growth of players against spin."

Read more on:    cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.