The Perth pitch which was no easy for either of the teams. The ICC has given a rating on the same
The second test match between Australia and India was held at the new Optus Stadium in Perth. the pitch however tore apart both of the team’s batsmen, and ICC has given a rating of the least grades possible due to the pitch’s behavior and condition.
ICC at the beginning of 2018 as a part of the new disciplinary system, had initiated the system of giving ratings to the pitches of cricket grounds, with a key motive to make the make the pitches better and better across the world. The ratings for Test venues comprises five positions, very good, good, average, below average and poor. At the end of each match, the match referee has to give the rating based on how the pitch behaved during the entire match.
Hence, match referee Ranjan Madugalle rated the pitch after the completion of the match. Perth got a rating of ‘average’ which is just above the lowest rating of ‘poor’ Though batting was apparently easy in the first two days, the pitch started wearing down in the second innings. Due to which few balls bounced higher than they should have, while some kept much lower.
However, the initial match which was held at Adelaide was rated ‘very good’ which is the highest ratings in the table. The wicket probably stroked off the right balance between bat and ball as only fewer runs were scored and all 40 wickets were taken. Batting in the fourth innings wasn’t difficult at the Adelaide Oval as Australia managed to get a decent score of 291 in tailing down a score of 322.
The pitch came under fire for its uneven bounce right through the course of the five-day game, which Australia eventually won by 146 runs to level the series 1-1. It is understood that Ranjan might have given the rating after taking some important factors into consideration.