Aug 19, 2013
James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia (CA) chief, has stated that they want to make Sheffield Shield the “best preparation” for Test cricket. In a bid to do that, they will make pitches that will aid the spinners in order to correct their batsmen’s biggest anomaly at the highest level.
Cricket.com.au quoted Sutherland as saying, “We’re developing a system where we can improve pitches. In the past there hasn’t been the chance to talk about that as openly. There were steps taken last summer to do that and we’ll continue to work on that. We want Shield cricket to be the best possible preparation for Test cricket so Shield pitches should be very similar to Test pitches.”
Speaking about the turners, Sutherland said, “That means they need to be drier at the start and be wearing later to bring spinners into play, as well as batsmen having a bit more of a chance, certainly on the first day of a game. I have a high level of expectation that we will see [Shield] pitches that are more developed.”
“I would expect curators to be preparing pitches that are the equivalent of a day one, one and a half, day two Test pitch for the start of a Shield game,” Sutherland opined. He also stated that Australia have to get better at playing in such conditions and that the spinners should get more chances in Sheffield Shield matches.
Australia were beaten 0-4 on their tour to India earlier this year and in the ongoing Ashes, they are 0-3 down with one Test to go.