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Mitchell Starc dejected with the Perth pitch’s ‘average’ rating by the ICC

Mitchell Starc added that Perth-like pitches keep Test cricket alive and noted that it was a great pitch.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) rating the pitch at the new Perth Stadium in Perth ‘average’ has brought about a lot of criticism. Australian pacer Mitchell Starc also expressed disappointment about the rating. The pacer doesn’t seem to agree with the rating and also added that he thought it was a good battle between the bat and ball.

“Just as a cricketing fan, it was a bit disappointing to see Perth pitch being rated average. I thought it was a fantastic battle between bat and ball, which is what you want in Test cricket,” Starc said as quoted by Sportstar ahead of the Boxing Day Test. A few batsmen were hit by the deliveries during the second innings of the match which led to the rating.

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Starc feels Perth-like pitches get people drawn into the game

The 28-year-old cited the example of the pitch at Melbourne last year. He said that the track was pretty docile and didn’t have anything to offer for the bowlers. Mitchell Starc added that Perth-like pitches keep Test cricket alive and noted that it was a great pitch.

“For example, playing in MCG last year was pretty docile and the pitch didn’t do anything. You want a contest between bat and ball so that’s going to keep Test cricket alive and get people into the game like in Perth. It was a fantastic battle there and I thought it was a great pitch,” Mitchell Starc said. He also said that that game at Perth witnessed good aggressive cricket.

“Cracks did play a part but that’s what happens when a wicket is wearing on days four and five. Cricket is turning out to be a batters’ game if you keep making flat wickets always. You want an exciting contest between bat and ball. When the ball is flying around and batsmen have to play, that’s the game. Marcus Harris batted on after being hit and batsmen from both sides got hit on shoulders but carried on. It’s good aggressive cricket and it brings people to the game,” he further said.

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