Adam Lewis, curator of the SCG, addresses pitch issues ahead of Australia’s last Test against Pakistan. “We take (criticism) to heart, because we put so much time and effort into it,” Lewis added.
The third and final Test between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on January 3 has the potential of redemption for the venue’s chronic surface troubles. The SCG curator, Adam Lewis, exudes confidence in avoiding a repeat of the recent pitch fiasco. Lewis took criticism for the nerve-racking surface during the late-November Marsh Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Tasmania, which saw a flurry of wickets fall in a short 63 overs, seriously.
The pitch describe as “embarrassing” by Tim Paine, Tasmania’s captain and former Test skipper. Lewis acknowledges the scrutiny and hopes to erase the shadow created by the previous pitch disaster. Despite prior acclaim for his pitch in the preceding Shield game. Lewis is intent on correcting the error to guarantee a more balanced and competitive surface for the following Test match.
“We just couldn’t get enough water back into the wicket with the short turnaround from the women’s doubleheader. ” Take (criticism) seriously since we have invest so much time and work into it. We aim to create something that is beneficial to both the batter and the bowler. It’s difficult when it’s taken from us. Hopefully, we will not be in that position. “We learned from it, and we know what we’ll do differently next time,” Lewis added, according to cricket.com.au.
Weather can wreak havoc on SCG redemption
The upcoming New Year’s Test against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) confronts a looming challenge as unpredictable weather continue to keep Lewis and his team on edge. With more rain on the way, the possibility of bad weather looms big, creating a significant impediment to spin-friendly conditions.
The SCG, previously regard as Australia’s premier spin Test venue, experience a decline and is now statistically regard as the least favorable. Spinners have manage 54 dismissals at an average of 44.02 and a strike rate of 85.6 in the last five Sydney Tests. Only the Gabba shown a similar tendency, with spinners averaging over 32 and securing a wicket per 70 balls, mirroring the SCG’s recent troubles in nurturing ideal conditions for spin bowling.