BUMBLE ON THE TEST: ICC need to ask questions over India pitches

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: The ICC need to ask themselves if two-day Tests on these shocking pitches are what they want for the future… never mind Joe Root and his five-for, I’d back myself to pick up some wickets!

  • England suffered a thumping 10-wicket defeat as India took 2-1 series lead
  • The ICC need to ask some serious questions of pitch after this two-day match 
  • Test cricket becomes a complete lottery in such ridiculous conditions 
  • If a part-timer like Joe Root can get five wickets, anyone can on this pitch
  • The talkSPORT commentary team, including Kevin Pietersen, has real gravitas 

India completed a thumping 10-wicket victory over England inside two days following an extraordinary low-scoring Test in Ahmedabad. 

After England were bowled out for just 112 in their first innings, they managed to restrict India to just 145 after skipper Joe Root took five wickets.

But it proved too good to be true, with England promptly collapsing to 81 all out, allowing the hosts to knock off the 49 required to go 2-1 up in the series.

Sportsmail’s DAVID ‘BUMBLE’ LLOYD offers his perspective on a very, very brief game of Test cricket.  

India’s openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill embrace after wrapping up a 10-wicket win

We need answers from the ICC 

I gave this pitch the benefit of the doubt on the first day but, I’m sorry, it was just as bad as the last one. 

And the big question has to be asked again of the ICC. Is this how you want the game to go? 

Tests finishing well under time, this one not even lasting two days? We need answers from Dubai but I’m not expecting to get a single one.

Test cricket reduced to a lottery 

I’m really not bothered who wins when it’s a lottery like this. It’s just not a contest. 

Yes, techniques have been poor but if this pitch is acceptable to the ICC and there’s more of this there will be huge ramifications for world Test cricket. 

Boards make the bulk of their revenue from the length of play, certainly in England. Short Tests are a financial disaster.

17 wickets tumbled on the second day on a pitch not remotely suitable for a five-day match

TV directors have big role to play 

I did say before the series umpiring might become an issue. Only Nitin Menon is on the ICC elite panel. But it should be remembered the TV director has a big part to play to help the third umpire. 

He needs to be pro-active in offering lots of angles. At least Chettithody Shamshuddin seemed to have learnt from his day one mistakes.

Was Bess ‘unselectable’?  

Plenty are saying England got it wrong in not picking the second spinner but my mind goes back to that time Ashley Giles said Steven Finn was ‘unselectable’. 

Once Moeen Ali had gone home they only had one they could trust in Jack Leach. 

Jack Leach (third right) was brilliant as England’s only frontline spinner in the match

Sadly, I think they believe Dom Bess is ‘unselectable’ right now. It looked like he had the yips in the first Test.

Wickets for anyone and everyone! 

But it told you everything you need to know that instead of that second spinner a part-timer in Joe Root took five wickets in six overs! 

I remember Allan Border once taking a seven-for with part-time spin. And Michael Clarke grabbed a six-for. 

When part-timers do that something isn’t right. Even I would have got wickets on that pitch and I was hopeless.

With all respect to Joe Root and his five wickets, any part-timer would have thrived on that 

KP on rotation policy 

I turned down my TV again and put talkSPORT back on where Kevin Pietersen was very forceful on this rotation policy. He pointed out careers are defined by performances against big teams. 

KP suggested top players should have rested instead when England play New Zealand this summer. But my understanding is they have no choice when they are rotated….

talkSPORT team has real authority 

I’ve always considered the vintage Channel Nine team – Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell and Tony Greig – as the best there has been in cricket broadcasting. 

Kevin Pietersen has helped give talkSPORT’s Test match coverage real authority and gravitas

That’s along with the great Test Match Special line-up of Johnners, CMJ, Blowers, Trueman, Bailey and the rest. 

I think this talkSPORT team are right up there. They have real gravitas….

Chitting chat 

At least this early finish gives me more time now for stuff at home. I’ve been doing a bit of chitting on the window sill. 

All you need is a big pot, compost and potatoes that have already been chitted. 

Once your spuds are showing signs of sprouting you get your compost in, wait for the greenery and repeat. It’s the perfect time for it. Now, back to the chitting….. 

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