Test great calls for end to lifeless pitches

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Cricket legend Glenn McGrath has called on curators to provide Australia’s gun pacemen with some form of assistance this summer instead of another round of flat pitches.

India’s most recent Test tour of Australia, in 2014, finished with the hosts prevailing 2-0 after run-heaving draws in Melbourne and Sydney. Virat Kohli scored four hundreds during that series, during which Steve Smith also excelled in record-breaking fashion.

“The bowling attack we have with the three quicks and Nathan Lyon, it could really put some pressure on their boys,” McGrath told reporters at a Channel Seven function in Sydney.

“The problem is the pitches are pretty flat. Last time they were here, they were very flat.

“The drop-in pitches are just too good. They don’t change over five days.

“My big issue at the end of my career was the fact every pitch seemed very similar. Whereas at the start they were all different and it taught you to bowl in different conditions.

“India’s batting line-up is their strength, led by Kohli … I want to see the Australians put pressure on Kohli and see how he handles it.”

McGrath noted he wasn’t in favour of doctoring pitches, but it was important curators “produce the best cricket wicket they can for Australian conditions”.

“When we go to India we get a turning track and that’s what you’d expect. When any team comes to Australia, it should be quicker and bouncier tracks,” he said.

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