Adelaide Oval: A pitch with something for everyone

Adelaide curator Damian Hough hinted that the pitch for the first India vs Australia Test will keep both batsmen and bowlers interested.

“The grass-height will remain at six millimetres. There is a little bit of colour in the pitch now, if you get up close to it, we are happy with that," Adelaide Oval curator Damian Hough said.   -  getty images

All eyes were on the 22-yards largely kept under wraps in the lead-up to the first Test here from Thursday. But on Wednesday, curator Damian Hough was in an expansive mood at the Adelaide Oval.

He explained about the surface on offer, hinting that it will keep both batsmen and bowlers interested, and even allowed cricket writers a sneak-peek at the pitch.

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Queried about the centre-square, Hough said: “We are all trying to have a good contest between bat and ball. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn't. Our philosophy is to try and get a good, even contest.”

Hough was wary about the summer sun: “The grass-height will remain at six millimetres. There is a little bit of colour in the pitch now, if you get up close to it, we are happy with that. We would rather prefer that the heat be in the early 30s and not the high 30s. We will just deal with it.”