Melbourne: For the first time ever, ICC match referee Andy Pycroft has rated the pitch in the middle of a Test match after watching only 1 innings. The pitch for the 3rd Test match between Australia and India has been declared poor by the match referee. The decision was taken after the match referee saw Rohit Sharma inch his way to 61* through his half-asleep eyes.
Speaking to the Press after the day’s play, Mr. Pycroft said, “We have to level the playing field between the bat and the ball. If the bowlers can’t even dismiss Rohit Sharma in a Test match then that pitch is not suitable to host Test Cricket in future. I had my doubts about the quality of the pitch right from the beginning when Indian openers put on a double-digit stand, one of them even went on to score a half century, but my doubts were confirmed only after watching Rohit’s knock.”
When pointed out that Rohit could have been dismissed if Australians could catch, he said, “As venerable Navjot Sidhu will say, if my aunty had a moustache, she would have been my uncle. We can’t go into ifs and buts, we have to look at the facts. Even with one dropped chance, he should have been out for around 30, but imagine how biased the pitch must be in batsmen’s favour that he kept batting and they had to eventually declare the innings.”
Meanwhile, MCG ground staff is concerned that match referee will say that the pitch is too biased in favour of the bowlers after Australians bat on it on the 3rd day.