Pitching it right
August 26, 2009 by Dileep
If you weren’t much of a cricket fan, some of the writing about the Ashesdecider at The Oval would have made you wonder whether Bill Gordon was a pastry chef rather than someone entrusted with preparing a cricket pitch. Adjectives like “overcooked” and “overbaked” were used liberally to describe the 22 yards of turf, and the debates raged on long after Graeme Swann had bowled the final ball.
I’m no expert on pitches – and I have yet to come across one – but I honestly don’t understand the fuss. It might help to work with facts, rather than Ashes-inspired emotion. England finished the opening day on 307 for eight from 85.3 overs. Both sides scored more than 347 in their second innings. The innings of the match was played on the third day by a man making his Test debut…
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