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Curator promises sporting track for Adelaide Test

Damian Hough, the curator of the Adelaide Oval, the venue for the first Test beween Austalia and India starting on Tuesday, said it would be “a typical” 22—yard strip on which pacers would have initial edge before it eases for the batsmen while offering some turn to the spinners as well. File photo

Damian Hough, the curator of the Adelaide Oval, the venue for the first Test beween Austalia and India starting on Tuesday, said it would be “a typical” 22—yard strip on which pacers would have initial edge before it eases for the batsmen while offering some turn to the spinners as well. File photo  

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A drop-in track is being used in the game but Hough said its core character would be the same as a traditional pitch.

The pitch for the opening Test between India and Australia here will have something for everybody, said curator Damian Hough promising that the track would ensure a healthy contest between bat and ball in the match starting on Tuesday.

Hough, the curator of the Adelaide Oval, said it would be “a typical” 22-yard strip on which pacers would have initial edge before it eases for the batsmen while offering some turn to the spinners as well.

“Hopefully there is a little bit in it early, it’s going to be good to bat on, and then take a little bit of spin and some inconsistency later in the game,” Hough told reporters here.

A drop-in track is being used in the game but Hough said its core character would be the same as a traditional pitch.

“We try not to overcomplicate it, I think that is the key, and then really leave it to the players. We’re trying to do exactly what we were doing four years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago. Nothing changes from our end,” he said.

“Hopefully it’s a good pacey pitch early and then gets that natural deterioration as the game unfolds.”

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