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The news that Thursday’s T20 World Cup semi-final between India and England would be played on a used pitch at Adelaide Oval has generated a stir, with some stunned by the decision not to use a fresh wicket. Despite the fact that this is one of the tournament’s most important matches, many English sites have stated that a used wicket would be utilized.
England has been engaged in numerous such events, including during the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan, when then-captain Eoin Morgan protested at the T20 World Cup 2022.
He lamented the fact that “there was no home advantage” and that it was “very difficult to react to the speed and bounce.” Last year, the England and India women’s teams played a one-off Test match on a used pitch in Bristol, which Isabelle Westbury described as a “bloody catastrophe.” There are fears that a used surface may favor India’s spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel against England’s Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.
The decision to play another high-profile match on a used surface was seen as “amazing” by Daily Mail cricket writer Paul Newman. “Extraordinary to learn that England’s T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final versus India will be played on a used surface at the Adelaide Oval,” Newman tweeted. Newman’s allegation, however, was countered by Daniel Brettig of The Age, who said that in the instance of Adelaide, any impression that the wicket would spin more because it is utilized is wrong.
Brettig noted, “Funnily enough, the older or more “used” an Adelaide Oval drop-in pitch is, the less it tends to spin at the T20 World Cup 2022.” “The spin on the surface these days is caused by thatchy live grass covering rather than a lot of wear and tear.” “Just ask any local player.”
England apparently found out about the used wicket when they arrived at Adelaide Oval for training on Tuesday.
England will adjust to the circumstances, according to Ben Stokes, who stated, “We’ll have to wait and see what the wicket does on Thursday, but it’ll be about analyzing and adapting to whatever scenario we have in front of us in the T20 World Cup 2022.” Meanwhile, the ICC has defended its decision, claiming that it is not required to bring out a new wicket.
“The ICC has no regulation against using fresh or used pitches for any match,” a spokeswoman stated.
“Decisions are based on a number of factors, including pitch rotation for a tournament and management of available playing surface for the T20 World Cup 2022.”
“It does not follow that a new pitch will always be better than an old one.”
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