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Melbourne: Dec 3, 2013
Adelaide Oval’s head curator Damian Hough has said that he’s nervous about his ability to produce a typical Adelaide pitch for the second Ashes Test between Australia and England and the pitch is going to be slow.
According to The Age, for the first time at Adelaide Oval, drop-in pitches are being used and the outfield grass was only laid six weeks ago, changes due to a 535 million-dollar redevelopment, to be completed next March.
Hough said that the pitch for Australia’s battle against England starting Thursday should be typically Adelaide, but a little slow. The oval re-opened last month and the initial two Sheffield Shield games produced run-heavy draws, the report said.
The drop-in pitches were grown within the oval precinct but Hough admitted nerves about the Test strip, the report added. He said that it will be the same soil and the same grass but it is brand new and is going to get better, the more they work on the pitch and the more they use it.
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