Cricket: Australia v India Check collection 2023

Another pitch in India is on the centre of controversy after groundstaff tried to ban Australian media from taking images of the wicket being ready for the second Check.

The pitch at Arun Jaitley Stadium was beneath tight surveillance as reporters tried to get a learn on the wicket forward of the second match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy collection, starting at 3pm on Friday (AEDT).

Initially ordered by a member of the groundstaff that he should be at the least 30 metres away to take photos, the journalist was then requested to maneuver to the boundary, the place he was instructed he was not allowed to {photograph} in any respect.

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Andrew Wu of The Age was in a position to {photograph} the pitch from excessive within the stand behind the bowler’s arm earlier than the Australian squad rolled in for coaching.

“It seems to be fairly dry,” mentioned Australian fast Mitchell Starc.

“The groundsmen mentioned the nets look fairly comparable and the 2 days we educated on have been actually low and took lots of flip.

“If that is a sign, then that is what it will be like.

“Taking a look the final couple of days, it seems to be prefer it’s ready fairly comparable, as effectively, (to the Nagpur pitch).”

It seems the icy directions in Delhi have been led to by the publicity of doubtful pitch preparation earlier than the primary Check in Nagpur.

Cricket journalist Bharat Sundaresan posted images on Twitter and defined that, whereas watering many of the pitch, the curators have been leaving the areas exterior the left-hander’s off stump to bake within the warmth.

”Fascinating remedy of the pitch in Nagpur,” Sundaresan wrote.

“The groundstaff watered the whole centre of the floor and solely the size areas exterior the left-hander’s leg stump after which rolled solely the centre, stopping brief each time they bought to the good-length areas at each ends.”

The ploy was devised due to Australia’s closely left-handed squad.

Historical past would not bode effectively for the Australians as they attempt to struggle again from their defeat within the first Check, by which they misplaced by an innings and 132 runs.

The Australians have received solely one of many seven Exams they’ve performed in Delhi, when Richie Benaud skippered them to victory in 1959.

They have not performed at Arun Jaitley Stadium since 2013, after they misplaced by six wickets beneath the captaincy of Shane Watson, who crammed in as skipper after Michael Clarke was sidelined by his troublesome again.

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