Indian curators appear to be hedging their bets to avoid any more furore over the wickets used in the Test series against Australia.
Either that, or the Ahmedabad groundsmen are waiting to see the respective line-ups before settling on the type of pitch to use on Thursday.
Eagle-eyed journalists on Tuesday noticed two separate pitches were being prepared at the Narendra Modi Stadium just two days out from the start of the fourth – and final – Test.
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It was an intriguing sight, given the focus so far throughout the series on the playing surfaces presented.
None of the three Tests to date have made it to a fourth day. The Indore pitch was rated “poor” by the ICC after the Aussies won in little more than two days.
In Nagpur ahead of the first match, curators were seen tending to some areas of the pitch differently to others, supposedly in an effort to hamper Australia’s left-handed batters.
The Indore dust bowl backfired badly on the hosts, who were rolled for 109 after winning the toss and choosing to bat.
Australia brought the spin bowlers on in the sixth over and they had a field day, with the ball turning and keeping low to harass the Indian batters.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma hit out at the criticism over pitches following that match.
Off-spinner Todd Murphy is keen to play on Narendra Modi Stadium, no matter which pitch is chosen.
The massive venue can hold 130,000 fans, and will play host to Indian prime minister Modi and Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese during this Test.
“We just got here now and this is huge, it’s a fair way from home,” Murphy told media on Tuesday.
“It’s impressive, it’s big, a long walk down from the change rooms.
“It’s going to be noisy, it’s exciting though. I think everyone sort of looks forward to opportunities to play in front of those sorts of crowds.”
The fourth Test begins on Thursday at 3pm (AEDT).
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