Southampton: The eagerness of cricket fans is increasing continuously for the final of the ICC World Test Championship between India and New Zealand. Everyone wants to know how the pitch will be prepared in this great match.
How will the pitch be?
Simon Lee, the head curator of the Aegeas Bowl ground in Southampton, wants to prepare a fast and bouncy pitch for the final of the ICC World Test Championship, which will be followed by Spinners will also get some help. This match will be played from June 18.
Simon Lee told ESPNcricinfo, ‘Preparing the pitch for this Test is a bit easy because it is a neutral venue, we have to follow the instructions of the ICC but we want to prepare a good pitch in which both the teams. There should be equal competition between them.
Will there be speed and bounce in the pitch?
Lee said, ‘Personally, I want to prepare a pitch that has speed and bounce. It can be difficult to do this in England as the weather doesn’t support most of the time but the prediction is good for this match. It will be sunny so we expect it to pick up the pace and it will be a tough pitch if we don’t roll too much.
‘Speed will increase the thrill’
Both the teams have fast bowlers of high caliber and Lee wants to see their impact in the match at all times. He said, ‘The speed is what makes red ball cricket exciting. I am a cricket fan and I want to create a pitch that cricket lovers want to see every ball, whether it is a great batting or a great spell in bowling.
The role of spinners is important
Lee said, ‘If there is a battle of skills between the bowler and the batsman, then a maiden over can be very exciting. So if there is some pace and bounce from the pitch but there is not a lot of one-sided movement, then I will be happy. India has the upper hand in the spin department. He has 2 world-class spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Lee said that the spinners will have a role to play as the match progresses.
‘Spinners may get help’
Simon Lee, the head curator of the Aegeas Bowl ground, said, ‘As I said the weather forecast is good and the pitches get dry very quickly because there is little gravel in the soil here. . It also helps in getting spin.