Perth - Former Australian captain Mark
Taylor has called for more lively wickets in Australia in the wake of another
batsman-dominated Test match at the WACA Ground.
Australia declared at 559 for nine in their
first innings, with New Zealand then replying with 624 as the match headed
towards a draw.
Illustrating the increasingly
batsman-friendly nature of local wickets in recent times, Australia's last
seven innings on home soil across two seasons have all ended in declarations.
Taylor said the lifeless wickets were
detrimental to Test cricket.
"Last summer Australia made 500 every
time they batted and India made 400 every time they batted," he said.
"Same this summer, batsmen have
"That is not good for Test cricket, it
needs exciting games, good battles between bat and ball and results.
"You don't need attritional games of
cricket that require declarations for results.
"The balance is too skewed towards the
bat in Australia at the moment."
Taylor said he believed pitches were more
evenly balanced during his playing career.
He would like to see grounds man given more
licence to produce wickets which offered assistance to bowlers.
"We have to allow grounds man to leave
a bit of a grass on it and that might mean a side is bowled out for 150 on day
one," he said.
"Then we don't jump down their backs
for it, we have to give them a little bit more freedom to produce a pitch that
is fair between bat and ball.
"They are producing batting wickets at
Several commentators, including former Test
seamer Terry Alderman, speculated that paceman Mitchell Johnson's decision to
retire after the Test was prompted by another lifeless home wicket.
However, Taylor dismissed that suggestion.
"I think the will was gone before
that, look at his comments before the match started," he said.
"Though I don't think the decks here
have helped him, which is hard to believe, the Gabba and WACA have been the
best decks for his career."
Australian bowling coach Craig McDermott
conceded the pitches for the first two matches did little to assist their pace
bowlers, saying they were "not what they should be".
He said the WACA wicket was "more like
a one-day pitch", but also added he was just as concerned about the state
of the Kookaburra balls being used during the series.
There were multiple ball changes needed
each day of the second Test.
"The balls haven't been the best,
hopefully they got the design right for the pink ones for next week," he
said in reference to the balls being used in the historic day-night third Test