India vs Australia Test Series 2018: ICC rates Perth Pitch Average for Test Cricket

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rated the pitch for the second Test between India and Australia at Perth as “average”, which is the lowest pass mark provided by the ICC when they rate the pitch and outfield of Test grounds.

At the second test match played between India and Australia in Perth, Australia bounced back after the Adelaide Test defeat to achieve a big win over India earlier this week. The 4-match Test series is now tied at 1-1.

Having set the visitors a tough 287 target on a menacing Perth Stadium pitch, Australia bowled-out top-ranked India for 140 midway to win an engrossing, low-scoring contest.

The wickets were shared by Man of the Match Nathan Lyon (3/39) and quick Mitchell Starc (3/46), the pick of the bowlers. Australia won that second test match by 146 runs.

It was perfect revenge for Australia after a nail-biting 31-run loss in the series-opener in Adelaide and ensured Tim Paine’s first win in five Test matches as a captain.

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The pitch in Perth saw some uneven bounce which also resulted in Aaron Finch’s finger injury when Australia was batting in the second innings. Aaron Finch walked off after being hit on his right index finger by Mohammed Shami’s delivery on the third day.

The third Test (Boxing Day Test), will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) from December 26. This will be the first Test at MCG stadium since a docile pitch was given a ‘poor’ rating a year ago by match referee Ranjan Madugalle.

The MCG improved the playing surface after receiving the negative rating from the ICC following last year’s drawn Ashes Test match against England when just 24 wickets fell in five days.

The Test was the first at the new 60,000-seat capacity stadium located in Burswood after a 47-year run at the WACA stadium. But the crowd was sluggish with fierce heat blighting the early part of the match.

The ICC introduced a disciplinary system at the start of the year with five grades — very good, good, average, below average and poor — while rating Test venues, in a bid to improve the standard of pitches around the world.

The fourth & final Test will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground ( SCG) from January 3, 2019.

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