The Gold Coast is now a batsman’s paradise with Metricon Stadium transformed into a six-hitting haven for its international cricket debut.
Curator Kerry Betihavas pulled the covers off his first pitch ahead of Saturday’s Twenty20 clash between Australia and South Africa.
Betihavas has produced a fast and flat track for the high-octane showdown he is hoping will produce 400-plus runs.
The wicket will bring the ball beautifully on to the bat for power hitters like Chris Lynn, but should also provide some pace and carry for fast bowlers.
Betihavas, who honed his craft under veteran SCG curator Tom Parker, said the drop-in wicket had similar characteristics to its Gabba cousin up the M1 motorway.
“The pitch is pretty much where we want it to be,” he said.
“Ideally we want it nice and flat and hard so we can get a high-scoring game and keep the crowd entertained.
“I’d love to (see 200-plus scores). I’m pretty confident the pitch will play well.
“We’re trying to get the same characteristics as the Gabba and in a few years we should be pretty good.”
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate has hopes the Carrara stadium can one day host a Test match.
To do that, Metricon Stadium must show over the next three summers it is capable of putting on a good show and fairweather Gold Coast fans support the game.
Betihavas has been cultivating two drop-in pitches for the past 12 months and said he was determined to ensure the match was a success.
“We’re pretty passionate, we put a fair bit of time and love into it,” he said.
“We want a good cricket wicket where everyone can come and enjoy a good game of cricket here, that’s what we want to see.”
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