Home > News >

India vs England 2014 1st Test, Day 1: Trent Bridge groundsman apologises for slow track

England setup were left frustrated by the lack of pace and bounce Trent Bridge © Getty Images
England setup were left frustrated by the lack of pace and bounce at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

By Julian Guyer

Nottingham: Jul 10, 2014

Nottinghamshire head groundsman Steve Birks said things hadn’t gone to plan after appearing to produce a pitch ideally suited for India, rather than England, in the first Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

India, after winning the toss, were 259 for four at stumps on the first day of this five-match series, with opener Murali Vijay 122 not out and skipper MS Dhoni 50 not out after winning the toss on a surface that wouldn’t have been out of place back at home.

“We wanted to produce a pitch with pace, bounce and carry which hasn’t happened unfortunately,” Birks said.

“There’s quite a lot of moisture underneath but it’s a hard surface on top which is why it’s lacking pace.

He added: “Our only instruction is to produce a good cricket wicket and, with hindsight, we may have left a bit more grass on it but this is the first day of a five-day Test and, while I don’t expect spin to come into it, we hope it might quicken up a bit.”

Certainly there was little in the way of pace and bounce for England’s four seamers, with two possible chances dropping short of the slips.

James Anderson, who took two for 70 in 21 overs as he extended his all-time record for most Test wickets at Trent Bridge to 51, admitted it had had been hard pounding.

“It was frustrating really,” he said. “There’s not a lot we can do about it at this stage, we have to stick at it and winkle out six wickets if we can.”

The 31-year-old Lancashire seamer added: “I thought our attitude was fantastic. We could have moaned about the pitch and sulked but I thought all the bowlers stuck at their task brilliantly.

“As bowlers, we don’t expect seam movement, we expect flat pitches at Test level but we just expect our nicks to carry and a more even contest between bat and ball.”

Meanwhile Vijay said: “It’s a good wicket and the ball is coming nicely on to the bat.

“I don’t know about day two and three. A lot of people have told me that overcast conditions can change the nature of the pitch a bit.

“Hopefully, when we bowl we can get some help.”

Prior to the match, exiled England batsman Kevin Pietersen used his Daily Telegraph column to argue that modern drainage systems had turned English Test pitches into “sandpits”.

“They are horrendous. They give little to the seamers and when it spins, it does so slowly, negating the threat of the turning ball.

“The drainage was addressed with the best of intentions; to give the public as much cricket as possible by reducing the amount of overs lost to rain.

“But in terms of the quality of cricket the public are seeing, it is not good enough.”

During last year’s 3-0 home Ashes win, England were accused by some Australian critics of preparing slow, turning pitches that favoured now retired off-spinner Graeme Swann and negated the tourists’ pace attack.

Catch all the stories from India’s tour of England 2014 here

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 2nd ODI at Chittagong: Highlights

Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney: Highlights

Quinton de Kock’s century in vain as Australia register two wicket win over South Africa

Saeed Ajmal: 99 per cent bowlers will fail 15 degree test

Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque register second-highest opening partnership for Bangladesh in ODIs

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 India New Zealand Pakistan South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Ravi Shastri, Duncan Fletcher miss India’s first tour game in Australia

Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st tour game: Aussies fumble to 159/7 at tea

IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal: Supreme Court hearing on Mudgal panel to resume today

Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Tour Game at Adelaide: Pacers ensure advantage at Lunch

Live Cricket Score: Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Practice Match at Adelaide

Myth Busting — did Sachin Tendulkar’s rate of scoring become slower in the second half of his career?

Single-wicket cricket match between John Grange and James Sadler lasts three days

Bill Ashdown and Bert Wensley beat a team of 11 all by themselves

Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina in interesting tussle ahead of India’s Test series against Australia

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15: Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Manish Pandey will get another chance to impress in final

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Tour Game at Adelaide: Pacers ensure advantage at Lunch

सौन्दर्य टिप #43: मुँहासों से छुटकारा पाने के लिए शहद से बना पैक लगाकर देखें

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8 highlights: Nigaar Khan leaves the house, says she is shocked by Gautam Gulati and Puneet Issar’s hatred towards her!

Katrina Kaif beats Deepika Padukone to win Maxim India’s HOT 100 list, 2014!

Myth Busting — did Sachin Tendulkar’s rate of scoring become slower in the second half of his career?

हेल्थ टिप #2: घरेलु उपचार के द्वारा जले हुए घाव से ज़ल्द राहत पायें

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here