Won’t change anything: Adelaide curator hints of green top for 1st AUS vs IND Test
Damien Hough, the curator of Adelaide Oval ground where the first Test between Australia and India will be played has made it clear that they won’t be changing anything for the first Test which means the grass on the surface will stay intact and Team India might be welcomed to a green-top surface on December 06th.
The best way to get an even contest is to leave some grass: Hough
Haugh was speaking with an Australian newspaper when he opened up about the preparations for the first Test between Australia and India. He said that they won’t do anything differently and the preparation will be the same to which they had for the previous day-night Tests at the venue. He also noted that the only difference is that they get the covers off earlier and they start earlier.
He explained that they do the same preparation for red-ball cricket and pink-ball cricket at Shield level. According to Hough, the best way to get an even contest is to leave some grass on there and get that balance between bat and ball.
And right now they really feel that this is where it is at for the pitch.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 2, 2018
Green top surface might excite pace bowlers from both teams
Both India and Australia have strong pace bowling attacks which will definitely love to bowl on a green surface as it will assist seam movement. Australia have Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in their bowling attack while Indian seamers Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have looked in good form recently.
However the grass cover might make it a bit tough for the batsmen to score runs.
First Test to start from December 06th
The highly-anticipated Test series between Australia and India will start from December 06th at Adelaide. Both sides will feature in a four-match Test series and then will play a three-match ODI series.