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Aussies criticise PE pitch
Lourens Schoeman

Eastern Province Cricket will be looking at ways to make the St George’s Park pitch quicker after Australian commentators and skipper Ricky Ponting complained on Sunday, March 2, 2003, that it was too slow.

EPCB chief executive Dave Emslie said although they would be discussing ways to make it quicker, every venue’s pitch had its own characteristics.

“The pitch probably was a little on the slow side, but it is not easy to prepare a perfect pitch,” he said in response to complaints by Ponting and commentator Tony Greig that the pitch was “slow and grabby”.

“It is, however, my opinion that these players are all professionals and they should be able to adapt to all conditions. The pitch played the same for both sides and while we will be looking at making it quicker, we certainly are not panicking. The pitch still provided an excellent day’s cricket.”

Ponting said he knew the run-chase would be tough because the pitch was too slow for a one-day game.

“We have had better pitches here and hopefully if we come back here we’ll get something a bit harder and with a bit more pace,” he said.

England skipper Nasser Hussain said he thought the pitch provided for a fantastic game of cricket. “You’re not always going to get those pitches which make for 280-300 runs and I thought this pitch was fair for both sides. And you have to play well on all types of surfaces,” he said.

Eastern Province Herald
March 3, 2003

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