Queens Park Oval: Flat but a result pitch

March 5, 2009 at 12:09 pm 1 comment


The fifth test will take place at the Queen Park Oval Stadium in Port of Spain Trinidad. Good news for England is that this pitch similarly, to other West Indian tracks, is flat but is likely to offer assistance to the bowlers. The last 10 ten International matches played on this track have all yielded results, the last match to finish as a draw was back in 1997.The Queens Park Oval is no doubt one of the most picturesque grounds in the Caribbean. The Northern Hills providing a beautiful backdrop to the 25,000 seat stadium. On the pitch we hope to see an even contest which produces a result either way. The Queens Park Oval will be flat, but not as flat as the other tracks witnessed in the Caribbean so far. The early conditions are likely to suit swing bowling. Commonly at this ground, we witness swing and lateral movement with some moisture, conditions suited to England’s attack. However, if you mange to get through the early swing offered, then it is largely a flat track for the next couple of days. By day 4 and 5 the conditions of the pitch may well turn into something suited to an all spin attack.

Aiding the swing bowling is the overhead conditions. It is likely to be cloudy conditions for about 4 of the 5 days, assisting the swing bowlers, before the sun comes on day 3 out to bake the track. However, showers are also predicted for day 1 and 2

“My whole philosophy is that pitches should be different. It’s the beauty of cricket and why the game is such a fascination. Surely nobody wants all pitches to be built just for batsmen.” – Encouraging comment from Groundsman Brian Davis

The toss could well be important for England to secure a win. The decision at the toss will depend on the nature of the pitch on the day, they could hope to survive the early swinging ball and then bat out a big score in the first innings. Or they could attempt to make first use of the conditions to take full advantage of early swing.


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  • 1. Tohmas  |  March 5, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Well, good article. I also agree with your article about how flat wickets are ruining cricket matches. Anyway, I expect a Windies win….


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