Mickey Arthur: Cape Town, Centurion pitches not good for test cricket

Pitches in South Africa have been under intense scrutiny since India played Wanderers on a surface the ICC considered “bad”, and Pakistani coach Mickey Arthur said on Friday that the surfaces for the first two tests of The Current Series was not “good enough for test cricket”.

On the second day of the Newlands test, several balls of good length were seen. Faf du Plessis was beaten several times on the gloves and required the attention of the Physios, while Temba Bavuma put an unpleasant in the ribs, which led to a longer delay.

“To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed,” said Arthur. “I have not been to South Africa since 2010 and have not been good enough for Test Wicket Wicket standards – the wicket we had at Centurion and the wicket here.

“It’s inconsistent, I think there were seven breaks today for balls that hit cracks, and the physio came out and we’re talking about the second day, I understand that when it happens on days four and five, because this is in test the case is cricket: wickets deteriorate considerably and should be, but it should not make your first innings a lottery, and I think the hitting here in the first innings is extremely tough. “

The difficulty of the pitch in Centurion caught the attention of both sides. Dean Elgar declared South Africa “the toughest place in the world to kick off”. On a first day, fifteen wickets fell and a strong leap occurred. The match ended on the third day before the tea.

Here in Cape Town, Pakistan was rinsed with tea on a spicy surface of the first day, but until today, the unpredictable nature of the field began to show. Already the third, a Mohammad Abbas delivery urged sharply from outside on the stump to take Hashim Amlas leg stump.

It was a challenging, tricky wicket, “said Bavuma, who scored 75 points.” Compared to the SuperSport Park this wicket was a bit faster. It’s a challenge, but definitely not impossible. As dough, you must make peace with the fact that you get a few punches on the body. I would not call it dangerous. Faf [du Plessis] is still alive, I am still alive.

Even so, it may be worth noting that the challenges of the Pakistan playing field were far more restless than the hosts. Despite the supposedly poor surface quality, South Africa has added 259 runs in 86 overs on a day undoubtedly dominated by the bat. Arthur believed, however, that the pitches in South Africa used to be better.

“I still believe in good competition in Test Cricket, but we are not at home here, so we have no say, and I think the wickets have deteriorated significantly since I trained in South Africa in 2010.”

Updated: January 5, 2019 — 9:09 pm

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