Pitches

Over the years the endeavour has been to take pitches out of the equation for ODIs and Twenty20s, by making them flat and uniform, so that the toss does not play a crucial part in the shorter format. In Tests, though, the preparation of the pitch and its durability are much more significant, impacting the result and duration of the game. Quite naturally pitches and their preparation in the longer forms of the game evoke a lot of comment and often controversy.

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Australia in India 2016-17

Seven deadly pitches

ESPNcricinfo lists six full-member pitches that have been rated 'poor', and one that was rated 'unfit', in the years since the ICC introduced its pitch and outfield monitoring process

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India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune

How the Pune pitch backfired for India

Even though the pitches at the MCA Stadium in Pune have usually been flat or have assisted seamers, preparing a rank turner for its Test debut meant there was an accident waiting to happen

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County news

ECB mulls artificial pitches for T20

The ECB is looking into the possibility of using artificial pitches in its proposed new T20 competition

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India have a flat-pitch problem

When faced with batting-friendly tracks in recent times, their bowlers have just not been equal to the task

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Pitch Quality Index revisited

An objective, numbers-based analysis of pitches in Test matches, which indicates that the ICC's warning for the recent Nagpur wicket was justified

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Bad pitches make bad Tests

If a surface doesn't encourage a result, it's not worth playing on again