IND vs AUS | Matthew Hayden 'Slams' Indore Test Pitch
India dismissed for 109 (AP Photo)
The ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy has seen its fair share of spinning wickets, however, they have been nothing like the Indore pitch, where India and Australia are battling it out in the third Test. The first session itself saw hosts India lose seven wickets after opting to bat first.
India at lunch were reduced to 87 for 8, with spinners Nathan Lyon, Matthew Kuhnemann, and Todd Murphy shaking the Indian batting unit with prodigious spin.
Former opener Matthew Hayden, who has been doing commentary for the series, came down hard on the track, saying such a pitch should not be on offer on the first day.
Hayden further explained the traits of an ideal Test pitch, which should suit batters for the first two days, with spin coming into play from day three onwards.
Here's what Hayden said
“This is why I’ve got a problem with these conditions. There’s no way in the world that a spin bowler should come on in the sixth over. 4.8 degrees, that’s massive turn. That’s the sort of turn you’d expect day three. You’ve got to give batters a chance... Day one, day two should be about batting.”
The game shouldn’t be moving forward this quickly. You’re allowed to have a four or five day Test match! Otherwise just call it as it is, we’ll just play three-dayers,"
As of writing, India are all out for 109. Kuhnemann picked the wickets of Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav in the post-lunch session to claim his maiden Test fifer.