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Indore effect? No instructions from Team India for Ahmedabad pitch for 4th Test

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Cricket News: Indore effect? No instructions from Team India for Ahmedabad pitch for 4th Test | Ahmedabad pitch report & update

The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), hosting the fourth India-Australia Test in Ahmedabad, is focused on preparing a balanced track after the furore created by the Indore pitch for the third game this week.

Speaking to the Press Trust of India (PTI), a GCA source revealed that they have not received any instructions from the local team management and that they are working on dishing out a ‘normal track’ as has been the case throughout the season.

“We haven’t received any instructions from the Indian team management and our local curators are preparing a normal track as we have always done through the season,” a state association source informed PTI.

The last Ranji Trophy game in the Narendra Modi Stadium took place in January between Gujarat and Railways. The latter had scored 508 in their first innings and Gujarat notched above 200 in both their essays of play. Though the home side suffered an innings defeat, the nature of the surface suited batsmen and the pitch is not expected to turn out to be too different this time around either.

“Obviously, last few days the BCCI’s grounds and pitches committee instruct the local curator. But, certainly, from our end our endeavour is to produce a good Test match pitch,” the source further added.

It is likely that the curators will be cautious against dishing out a square turner track following the consequences of the third Test.

The pitch in Indore churned out turn of 4.8 degrees on the first day of the game itself and the Indian batsmen struggled to tackle the Australian spin troika in both the innings. It was handed three demerit points by International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Chris Broad who assessed that the ‘very dry’ track did not provide a balance between the bat and ball and favoured spinners right from the beginning of the game.

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