South Africa coach Ottis Gibson has defended the preparation of pitches suited to seam and swing after the services within the first two Checks at Centurion and Newlands got here in for criticism from Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.
Gibson known as Arthur’s feedback concerning the Newlands observe “a bit bit unusual”, contemplating that Faf du Plessis scored 100 throughout a day wherein Pakistan’s personal quick bowlers might solely take 4 wickets.
“On that day, Faf obtained an incredible hundred,” Gibson stated. “Among the finest I’ve seen in a very long time, and Pakistan solely obtained 4 wickets. Sure the wicket was a bit uneven, I am not going to disclaim that, however Faf confirmed you can nonetheless bat on it. Aiden [Markram] confirmed you can nonetheless bat on it. Shan Masood confirmed you can nonetheless bat on it and get runs. So I do not suppose it was the worst pitch you’ve got ever seen. We have been in Sri Lanka not way back, and I can let you know that they have been lots worse, for my part.”
“I do not put together the pitch, however we count on house pitches to favour our staff,” Gibson stated, whereas captain du Plessis insisted: “Any groundsman, you’ll be able to ask them, our query to them is all the time ‘has the pitch obtained tempo and bounce?’ And that is all we’re on the lookout for.”
“We by no means ever ask for ridiculous pitches,” du Plessis stated. “We simply ask for pitches with a little bit of tempo and bounce. So when there’s a little bit of seam motion and a little bit of tempo and bounce, you must adapt to that. Temba [Bavuma] is a good instance. He is scored two Take a look at matches in a row now on powerful pitches, he is scored runs. He exhibits that it is potential should you apply your self mentally, and you have got method, there’s a means.”
Gibson additionally argued that it was as much as the ICC because the governing physique of world cricket to determine upon the requirements of pitches for Take a look at cricket.
“If you happen to get pitches that fit your assault, each different nation does it,” he stated. “Subsequently we’ll proceed to do it, till the ICC says to everyone ‘that is the usual pitch you put together for Take a look at cricket’, and everyone performs on it and it is a degree taking part in discipline for everyone. However in the intervening time, while you go away from house, you’re taking what you get. We did that in Sri Lanka and it wasn’t good. It wasn’t comfy and we misplaced horribly.”
Arthur had bemoaned repeated stoppages in play as batsmen have been attended to after being struck by the ball throughout South Africa’s first innings – du Plessis, Temba Bavuma and Hashim Amla all copped painful blows through the match. However Gibson urged that batsmen getting hit by the ball is simply a part of the sport.
“Guys have been getting hit in Take a look at cricket for years. Guys nonetheless obtained hit off a size again then too, they usually confirmed some character and a few braveness they usually caught it out. Faf obtained hit, however he caught it out and he obtained 100. The ICC remains to be the governing physique for world cricket. If the ICC feels that it is leaning too closely towards a staff, then the ICC steps in and says hear, that is the usual pitch that we count on internationally for Take a look at cricket, then we play on that and it is a degree taking part in discipline for everyone.”
However such an intervention will not be but crucial, Gibson stated, and that such a step would hopefully solely occur if the ICC suppose tailoring pitches has “gone too far”.
“No, not but,” Gibson stated when requested concerning the preparation of pitches escalating into an arms race between groups trying to prolong house benefit. “If [the ICC] suppose it is gone too far, that is their resolution to make. It isn’t my resolution.”
There can be loads of consideration on the strip ready for the third and ultimate Take a look at of the collection on the Wanderers, beginning on January 11. The pitch used for South Africa’s match towards India in January final yr was rated “poor” by the ICC, receiving three demerit factors. If the venue reaches a complete of 5 demerit factors throughout a five-year interval, it is going to be suspended from internet hosting any worldwide cricket for 12 months.