McDonald though is confident the pitch won’t crack up like it did four years ago against India, making it a nightmare to bat on.
This pitch and its sideways cracks reminded me of the 1996-97 Test between Australia & West Indies. Greg Blewett was bowled with a ball that was ankle high, and Curtly ambrose was out when his bat got stuck in a crack.
Similar conditions are expected for this year’s players.
McDonald’s is optimistic that the 12mm of grass left in the 37-degree heat on the day before the match will counteract that. This would make for a pitch with more maturity than it had four years ago.
“That heat was unprecedented and it was for a long period of time,” McDonald said of 2018-19.
“The nature of that pitch still being quite new, the grass sods weren’t fully developed at that stage and it’s not quite as strong as it could be.
“The testing we have done so far tells us we have good moisture below (this year) … I don’t think there will be too many big cracks open up.“
McDonald’s stated that the pitch was unlikely to spin much. West Indies will weigh whether to play a tweaker.
Pat Cummins, Australia captain believes Nathan Lyon will play a major role due to his bounce benefits.
“He’s huge … he can bowl 30 overs in the day if needed, in the heat,” Cummins said.
“He takes vital wickets and can hold up an end.”
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