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Nagpur and Delhi pitches given ‘average’ rating by ICC Match Referee | Cricket News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: The pitches at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur and the Arun Jaitley Stadium in the national capital were rated as ‘average’ by the ICC match referee on Thursday.
Both the India vs Australia Tests at the respective venues finished inside three days as Rohit Sharma and co. retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
New agency PTI reported that match referee Andy Pycroft has not given any adverse report about the two tracks.
While the Australian media went paranoid about the nature of the Nagpur track where the visitors scored 177 and 91 in both innings, India were able to score 400 in their only innings.
In Delhi, Australian batters couldn’t adjust to the up and down nature of the track on the third day and lost last nine second innings wickets for 52 runs.
While Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ruled the roost during the two games, an “Average” rating means that no demerit points are awarded to the venue.
There are six distinct classifications — Very Good, Good, Average, Below Average, Poor and Unfit.
Only when a pitch is rated below average, poor or unfit does, it attracts demerit points.
The Nagpur venue had once earlier been suspended when an India versus South Africa match ended in two days with ball turning square from first hour.
(With inputs from PTI)





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