Sydney - Australia cricket captain Steve
Smith chided curators on Friday, saying pitches for his team's home series
against New Zealand, the West Indies and India have been too batting-friendly.
Smith set aside self-interest - he has
scored more than 1 400 runs in all forms of cricket since December - to suggest
grounds staff at the WACA in Perth and the Gabba in Brisbane should do their
best to restore traditional pace and bounce.
In Australia's six Test matches against New
Zealand and the West Indies this summer, teams surpassed 500 five times and
four limited-overs internationals against India have produced more than 2 500
Smith said he was disappointed with pitches
at the WACA and Gabba and "it'd be great if that (pace and bounce) was
brought back. I think that'll make it a little bit more even between bat and