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Message 2113940 - Posted: 1 Feb 2023, 22:51:24 UTC
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It's not the 1st time that this has happened and the big question is now being asked if racism is involved here? All because he was born in Pakistan and spent his first 4 years of life there?

Usman Khawaja has been given some belated good news, but his airport dramas have exposed a much bigger problem.
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Message 2114274 - Posted: 8 Feb 2023, 4:07:11 UTC

The Indians must be worried.

Images of the pitch for Australia’s first Test against India have raised eyebrows as the wicket was labelled blatant “pitch doctoring”.

Australia will have to overcome some blatant pitch doctoring to have any chance of winning the first Test against India, which starts on Thursday.

Images of the pitch in Nagpur have sparked a theory that the Indian curators are conspiring against Australia left-handed heavy batting line-up.

Two days out from the start of the first Test, both the Australian and Indian teams closely inspected the pitch, which appears to have been prepared to wreak havoc on the tourists.

Cricket journalist Bharat Sundaresan posted photos that show the centre of the pitch has been watered and rolled, but the areas on a good length outside a left-handed batter’s off stump have been left to dry in the heat....
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Message 2114409 - Posted: 9 Feb 2023, 23:20:49 UTC

On top of a "doctored pitch" there's this. :-O

India has been pressured to respond to “interesting” vision where a star bowler appeared to carry out an act that has divided the sport.

It doesn't matter if he was simply using an ointment on his finger (or was it "GripO") it should not be used while he's bowling.
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Message 2114959 - Posted: 19 Feb 2023, 6:30:56 UTC
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Suffered a bit of a collapse there, Australian 2nd innings scorecard

And over in our game Anderson and Broad make test history
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Message 2115353 - Posted: 28 Feb 2023, 9:23:52 UTC - in response to Message 2115349.  

Yep, great match.
Only the 4th time in test history that the side enforcing a follow on lost.
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Message 2115396 - Posted: 1 Mar 2023, 10:07:21 UTC

I thought that it was bad to start with, but this getting beyond belief.

Cricket fans have been left seeing red and have put two umpires in the crosshairs over multiple unforgivable blunders.

Do the umpires need their eyes tested?
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Message 2115430 - Posted: 2 Mar 2023, 5:29:08 UTC

Yesterday it was the umpires and today it's the farcical condition pitch that has everyone spewing about.

Cricket world in disbelief over India pitch farce.

I wonder what sort of disgraceful pitch they'll have for the 4th test.

Maybe it's about time that playing in India be discontinued until they can prove that they can produce a decent even pitch matches (instead of trying to rig something up in the home teams favour).
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Message 2115469 - Posted: 2 Mar 2023, 23:56:27 UTC

On a deck that was over done for a home advantage (which has fallen apart since day 1) and umpires with very bad eyesight the Aussie men have a chase of 76 runs for their 2nd innings on day 3, but can we do it with both the pitch or the eyesight getting worse by the minute?
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Message 2115483 - Posted: 3 Mar 2023, 3:11:53 UTC

You can have doctored pitches and blind umpires, but it's a different story when the rules are being used to their full advantage.

Steve Smith was on fire in the field against India, exploiting a loophole to Australia’s advantage and prompting calls for a rule change.

And if a rule change does come in then the Indian control of the ICC should be forfeited once and for all.
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Message 2115534 - Posted: 4 Mar 2023, 8:59:02 UTC

Finally.

Third Test pitch given ‘poor’ rating by match referee after dustbowl fiasco.

Now where's the "poor" rating for the on field umpiring?
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Message 2115933 - Posted: 10 Mar 2023, 18:31:18 UTC

After preparing 2 wickets for the last test did they pick the wrong 1 to play on?

At stumps on day 2 the Aussies completed their 1st innings with 480 runs (Usman Khawaja 180 & Cameron Green 114) as the Indians finished the day at 0-36.
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Message 2116050 - Posted: 13 Mar 2023, 5:49:30 UTC

They havn't prepared a decent pitch yet and it could come back to bite them.

Draw in Ahmedabad risks Indian qualification for World Test Championship final.

The pitches produced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India have been massively criticised over the course of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, with the first three pitches in Nagpur, Delhi and Indore being rank turners that got progressively worse.

It’s been part of a deliberate ploy by the Indians to maximise their home advantage, with the first two pitches in Nagpur and Delhi rated ‘below average’ by the ICC and the Indore pitch rated ‘poor’ and receiving three demerit points.

The fifth ball of the match broke through the Indore surface, and it was so difficult to bat on that even India’s acclimated batters capitulated for a paltry second-innings 163 that saw Australia chase the required 76 with ease to win by 9 wickets.

Indian curators typically have a closer relationship with the governing body than curators do in Australia, with the BCCI employing their own curatorial team to take over grounds for Test matches rather than trusting the local curators to produce pitches that will suit the hosts....

.....However, while it may wrap up the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, it may have massive implications for India’s chances of qualifying for the World Test Championship final in June.

A 4-0 whitewash of the Australians would have seen India qualify for the final of the second edition of the Championship, with the Australians only needing to win a single Test to qualify for the final after a strong two years that saw them rise to the top of the Test rankings. ....

....It would be a backfire of monstrous proportions for India if their pitch antics were to end up being the reason for their inability to qualify for the biggest game in Test cricket for a second tournament running, but as long as Sri Lanka’s pace attack remain competitive, they will be slightly nervous heading into the final day’s play in Ahmedabad.
Wouldn't it be a shame if their strategy actually did backfire.
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