The pitch for the second Test between India and Australia, beginning here on Saturday, is still undecided as two pitches are being simultaneously prepared for the encounter.
A top source in the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) said that a final decision on which pitch to use would be taken on Thursday. The teams did not visit the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday, and are scheduled to have their first practice sessions only on Thursday.
Media was barred from stepping on to the turf. But the groundstaff was seen working on two pitches. From a distance, one of them looked brownish, somewhat similar in colour to the one at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, and it was being rolled while the one adjacent to it had a distinct grass cover. The outfield was lush green, much greener than the one in Chennai.
“We haven’t decided as to which pitch will be used for the match. We are preparing two pitches and a final decision will be taken tomorrow,” the source told MAIL TODAY . Asked if two days would be sufficient to prepare the pitch for a Test, he said it would not be a problem.
“We are preparing two pitches simultaneously.
So the moment a decision is taken, we would prepare that one for the Test. It would not be a problem at all,” he said.
It is possible that the HCA was awaiting a word from either the BCCI or the Indian team management as India would love to win the second Test on a pitch that suits their strength, the spinners.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team won the first Test in Chennai by eight wickets, with R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh taking all 20 Aussie wickets while the two pacers went wicketless.
Australian batsmen were completely at sea against the Indian spinners on a Chepauk pitch that was completely shorn of grass and resembled a ploughed piece of land by the fifth morning when the game ended in India’s favour.
Dhoni’s preference for pitches that assist spinners is well known. And it would not be a surprise if the one that had almost no grass would be used for the Test match here.