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The first Test between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane ended in two days on Sunday, leaving cricket fans around the world in a state of shock. The Australians registered a six-wicket win over the Proteas late on Sunday, after which 19 wickets fell on a green pitch on the second day, providing plenty of bounce and pace to the pace attacks of both the teams. Overall, 34 wickets fell over the two days, leading Elgar to ask the umpires whether the surface was safe to play on as Australia cruised to victory.
“I asked the umpires how long this essentially goes on before it becomes unsafe,” he said. “That’s where the discretion of the umpires comes in – it’s not up to us players.”
Former India opener Virender Sehwag also questioned the nature of the pitch in Brisbane.
“142 overs and 2 days not even going and he has the audacity to lecture what kind of pitches are needed. If this had happened in India, it would have been the end of Test cricket, ruining Test cricket and what not Called. Hypocrite. Mind boggling,” he wrote on Twitter.
142 overs and not even 2 days gone by and he has the audacity to lecture what kind of pitches are needed. If this had happened in India, it would have been called the end of Test cricket, ruin of Test cricket and what not. Hypocrisy is capricious. #AUSvSA
– Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 18, 2022
Meanwhile, Test cricket is struggling for popularity around the world, with South Africa captain Elgar saying the prepared pitches at the Gabba don’t help. Elgar said, “You have to ask yourself is this a good advertisement for this format.”
Australian captain Pat Cummins admitted that the wicket was difficult but insisted that it was equal for both sides. “It was definitely difficult – two days is probably not ideal,” he said. “There was a lot of side movement and a little bit of up and down movement today.”
with AFP inputs
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