Australia's Next Test Pitch In India Looks A Little Like This

Australia's Next Test Pitch In India Looks A Little Like This

The second Test was played in a cauldron-type atmosphere which strained relations between the two teams and Henriques suggested it wouldn't be a good idea for the Indians to rile the normally good natured Cummins. The pitches in Pune, where India lost by 333 runs, and Bangalore have also attracted fair bit of criticism. Australian media is all agog with rumours over the quality of the pitch. A single ball hasn't been bowled in Ranchi yet, and already there is wonderment if the match is going to last its full course. It is being watered regularly - and with the sun not as harsh as it was in Pune, the surface is not expected to be a dustbowl.

The pitches for the first two India vs Australia Tests have come in for criticism from all quarters and so the pitch for the third Test at Ranchi's JSCA stadium has come under scanner even before the match gets underway.

The pitches have been the major talking point since the start of the series.

Steven Smith and Virat Kohli will meet match referee Richie Richardson on Thursday morning, before the start of the third Test, and the focus will be on player behaviour.

The ill-feeling escalated quickly throughout the second Test in Bangalore.

Pat Cummins, who has not played a Test since 2011, will likely come in for Starc, while it's a three-way battle for Marsh's spot between Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar.

Indian coach Anil Kumble insisted that team is not bothered about chatter surrounding the DRS or pitches. "I think what was important was to bring the focus back on cricket and I am really glad that the BCCI took a mature call along with Cricket Australia to issue a joint statement that cricket needs to move on and we have moved on from whatever happened in that background".

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"He's entitled to his opinion, but from my point of view he's completely wrong".

"I think the last Test match was quite fiery and [there] was plenty going on so you expect that with Australia and India, it's always a fiercely contested rivalry", he said. "It's nice that everybody had a short break".

"There's a number of different factors when it comes into selecting guys to play for Australia in those sorts of conditions. What you do with your wrists and fingers depends on how much shoulder you use", adds Bedi. Mind you, he seemed to be having a go as much at Broad and the ICC as Smith, asking whether they would have acted with such equanimity if one of India's batsmen had been caught seeking guidance from the dressing-room over DRS. We are passionate about the game and we believe that the body language, attitude, temperament, discipline and domination are part of our arsenal. Can we witness a truly fair Test here in the next three (oops five days)?

The big-ticket series is poised at 1-1, with everything to play for in the remaining two matches.

While not as hard to bat on as Pune, the second Test strip offered inconsistent bounce throughout the match, with some deliveries shooting through very low.

After a series win against West Indies in July, India hosted and won test series against New Zealand and England as well as a victory over Bangladesh.

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