‘The teams we have played against have quite blatantly tried to exploit the perceived weakness we have batting against spin’, says James Sutherland

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“I don’t think some of the pitches we have played on over the last six months have been conducive to entertaining and high quality cricket”

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has accused both India and England of pitch doctoring when Australia toured in February and July respectively.

Sutherland stated that there was not a “blade of grass or a drop of moisture” on any of the pitches Australia played on and added that both nations had “blatantly tried to exploit the perceived weakness we have batting against spin”.

“We have played nine Test matches away this year (in India and England) and we have not seen a blade of grass or a drop of moisture on any of them,” Sutherland said. “The teams we have played against have quite blatantly tried to exploit the perceived weakness we have batting against spin.”

Sutherland added that Cricket Australia would not be giving their groundsmen any instructions on how to prepare the pitches for the upcoming Ashes series against arch-rivals England since they want the cricketing community to enjoy “entertaining and high quality cricket”.

“In terms of Test cricket we don’t give them any direction because we have got great confidence in what they are doing,” Sutherland said. “And we’re not looking for an advantage with our pitches. We want fans to see a good contest between bat and ball. I don’t think some of the pitches we have played on over the last six months have been conducive to entertaining and high quality cricket.”

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