Pakistan vs Australia: Tom Moody unhappy with the pitch for the first Test
There is nothing in the pitch for the bowlers.
Updated - Oct 7, 2018 4:47 pm
The two-match Test series between Pakistan and Australia got underway today in Dubai. This tour was always going to be tough for the tourists especially without the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner. To make things worse, Tim Paine, the Aussie skipper, lost the toss and Pakistan opted to bat first on a pitch which is looking like a reinforced cement concrete which is why the former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has called it a disgrace to Test cricket.
While the Australians have been disciplined in their lines, there is literally no help for them from the surface. The openers Mohammad Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq have plundered runs at will and have denied them a wicket in the first two sessions of the opening day. The former has also notched up his 10th century in the whites announcing his comeback to the arena after two years.
It is such a shame
There was a lot of excitement around this series as a new-look Australian was taking the field under the new coach Justin Langer‘s tutelage. They handed debuts to three players in this game hoping that they turned around the fortunes of the team. Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne earned their baggy greens in the morning and soon they have put through the hard yards of the longest format.
With nothing in the pitch for the pace and spin bowlers, the proceedings at one stage went boring which forced Tom Moody to lash out at the curator. He took to his official Twitter handle and called such pitches as a disgrace to Test cricket. “Such a shame that test cricket is subjected to pitches like this!! #PakVAus #road,” he tweeted in criticising the 22 yards in Dubai.
Meanwhile, Australia have just managed to take the first wicket as Nathan Lyon struck soon after the Tea break. Pakistan are currently 205/1 and are looking good to post a mammoth total on the board.
Here’s Moody’s tweet:
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) October 7, 2018