Udayavni Special

Hard surface with lot of grass prepared for Sydney Test: Curator

PTI, Jan 6, 2021, 10:31 AM IST

Sydney: A hard surface with lot of grass awaits the Indian and Australian players at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), the venue for the third Test, curator Adam Lewis said on Wednesday.

Lewis said hosting a Test is the biggest stage for them and considering the fickle weather this year, they have rolled out a pretty good wicket for the match, starting Thursday.

“The weather was our main concern and just the talk about not getting the Sydney Test. We understand that the amount of effort that goes into preparing a Test like, you got to understand, this is our grand final,” Lewis said at a virtual press conference.

“This is our biggest stage of the year and we put so much in putting on the day. Look to be awarded the Test by New South Wales government and Cricket Australia, we were foreseeing ahead. We just did our preparation around the weather and we think we have rolled up a really good wicket.”

Asked whether the surface was similar to the one when Australia took on New Zealand last year, Lewis replied in an affirmative and said, “The key is that every year, it is so different with the weather. So, we try to give them (the teams) that hard surface with a good amount of grass.”

“Three-years ago we had England (here), we had late 30 degrees (celsius) days, hot-gusty winds, that is totally different to this year, when we had really high humidity, rain (and) cover.

“We had got first bit of direct summer light on to the wicket only three days ago, so we are just doing the best we can with the elements that are dished out to us,” he said.

Last year, Australia had thrashed New Zealand by 279 runs when the two teams clashed at the SCG from January 3-6.

According to Lewis, COVID-19 also did initially affected the way they worked but now all seems to be “working well”.

“It (COVID-19) did at the start when we were all new with the COVID-19 pandemic. We put teams in two different areas, we had two different locations, that was at the start.

“Now we have seemed to have gotten through that and we have just worked with our COVID policy and all seems to be working well.”

The four-Test series is tied at 1-1 with Australia winning the pink-ball opener in Adelaide while India emerged triumphant in Melbourne.

The third Test of the series will be aired on Sony Six, Sony Ten 1 and Sony 3, from January 7, 4.30am onwards.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

COVID-19: India records 14,849 fresh cases, 155 more fatalities

Puttur: Youth forcibly marries, abducts bethrothed girl

M’luru: Three vehicles damaged after peepal tree near Venkataramana Temple collapses

Sullia: Tree park honouring Salumarada Timmakka opened

India working on 5th-gen fighter, some 6th-gen capabilities will be incorporated in it: IAF chief

Around 25K tractors to participate in ‘kisan parade’ on Republic Day

RLD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s health worsens, airlifted to AIIMS Delhi

Related Articles More

Anand Mahindra to gift new Thar SUV to six Indian cricketers after historic win in Australia

Satwik-Chirag’s impressive run ends with semifinal defeat at Thailand Open

First defeat for Indian women’s hockey team on tour of Argentina

No one learns algebra in Class 1, Pant will improve gradually as wicketkeeper, says Saha

IPL auction likely on February 18: BCCI official


The lorry driver’s disaster on the national highway: Hundreds of lives saved | Udayavani

Compol appeals people to share info regarding any untoward developments through Whatsapp

Mangaluru: Police arrest nine students for alleged ragging

Remembering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose | Asha Raghuvamshi

Inter-state Ganja smuggling racket busted: 7 held, 44.630 kgs of Marijuana seized

Latest Additions

India to display key military assets on R-Day; contingent of Bangladesh excited to march down Rajpath

Aviation sector workers be vaccinated on priority after health workers: MoCA to MoHFW

Dubai-based Indian student makes PM Modi’s special portrait as Republic day gift

Seven more states to administer Covaxin from next week: Health Ministry

M-cap of 4 of top-10 valued firms jumps over Rs 1.15 lakh crore; RIL biggest gainer

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.