‘We don’t want teams bowled out for 180’, says Steve Birks

"Looking at the surface, it has looked like a decent bat-first wicket"

“Looking at the surface, it has looked like a decent bat-first wicket”

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In preparation for the first Test between England and India, Nottingham curator Steve Birks has announced that the pitch at Trent Bridge currently has eight to nine millimetres of grass on it in order to ensure teams aren’t “bowled out for 180”.

“The grass is dry, and we have been pushing it in every day,” Birks said. “We have been watering around the edges. We don’t want teams bowled out for 180.

“You can’t try to keep too many people happy. Bowlers want one thing. Batsmen want one thing. If you can just do your best, it is up to them to perform.

“We are trying to get a bit of carry. If we get carry we are happy. There should be good carry. Four days to go, it is hard. Really hard.”

However, Birk plans to trim the grass to about six millimetres prior to the start of the first Test, which gets underway on July 9.

“We have got 8mm at the moment,” Birks said. “Monday-Tuesday, we will trim it to down to maybe 6, and then have a look at that [and see] if we need to go lower. Looking dry. Nice straw-coloured look to it.”

Birk added that whichever team wins the toss should bat first.

“Looking at the surface, it has looked like a decent bat-first wicket,” he said. “But then we have bowled first some days and we have got teams out easy. It all depends on the bowlers and the overhead conditions.”

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