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“I always follow the same formula and try to produce similar pitches to provide a good contest between bat and ball”
With all the attention having shifted from the ODI series to the first Test in Johannesburg, Wanderers groundsman Chris Scott has announced that he will not be “doing anything fancy” with the pitch as he wants to ensure there is “a good contest between bat and ball”.
While many cricketers will say that the Wanderers is home to some of the most wicked pace and bounce anywhere in the world, Scott has played down those comments, stating that he is trying to prepare the best wicket possible.
“We always try to have pitches with good pace and bounce but I am not doing anything fancy,” Scott told ESPNcricinfo.
Scott was also quick to dismiss rumours that he had been asked to prepare a more green and spin-friendly wicket since India were in town.
“It does not matter who is touring, I always follow the same formula and try to produce similar pitches to provide a good contest between bat and ball,” he said. “I am just the stage manager. There’s nothing I can do if the actors forget their words.”
Scott stated that the heavy rain over the past number of weeks has not harmed his preparation in any way whatsoever.
He added that the pitch has become an absolute beauty to play on due to the hotter weather in the last couple of days.
“The rain was good for me because it came well before I started preparing and now the weather has been fine,” Scott said.