Anderson plays down pitch fears

March 20, 2013 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

England paceman jimmy Anderson has dismissed speculation that flat, lifeless pitches have been deliberately prepared in order to hinder results.

The surfaces at Dunedin and Wellington have not offered much assistance to the bowlers, though wet weather played a part in ensuring both Tests finished a draw.

That had led to speculation among conspiracy theorists that the Kiwis had prepared pitches designed to help the batsmen, making a draw the most likely result. Indeed the Betfair England cricket odds suggest the final Test will end in a stalemate.

England, man for man, have better players than New Zealand and were expected to win the series comfortably.

Anderson has played down such theories, however, insisting that the pitches were no more difficult to bat on than elsewhere.

“Test pitches around the world are generally quite flat, and you’ve got to work hard for your victories,” he said.

“It’s no different out here. So you can’t say they’re not result pitches … you’ve just got to work hard as a bowler to get 20 wickets in a game.

“That’s just the way things are. You have to find different ways of getting people out. You can’t always just steam in and try and roll sides over. You’ve got to use other skills, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do this trip.”

That said, had weather not intervened England may well have lost the first Test following their first innings collapse.

This New Zealand v England has still produced some compelling cricket, despite the inclement weather at times.

The tourists were then in the ascendancy at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, forcing the Black Caps to follow-on before the final two days were scuppered by the weather. Meaning we could well have been heading up to Auckland all square anyway.

With the weather set fair for all five days, the conspiratorial theories will be put to the test once and for all.


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