Saturday 19 July 2014 

Trent Bridge Pitch 'Poor' - ICC

India and England players shake hands
Players shake hands after five days on a 'poor' Trent Bridge pitch
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ICC match referee David Boon has rated the pitch used at Trent Bridge for the first Test between England and India earlier this month as 'poor'.

With little bounce or movement on offer to the bowlers, the match ended up as a high-scoring draw with just two innings completed.

India scored 457 before England replied with 496. India then declared on 391 for nine in their second innings late on the final day.

Boon submitted his report to the International Cricket Council (ICC) expressing his concerns over the pitch, and this report has been forwarded to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The ECB will now respond and evidence will be examined by ICC's General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC's chief match referee, Ranjan Madugalle.

If the pitch is finally rated as poor, a penalty will be applied, which would take the form of a warning and/or a fine of up to $US 15,000 with a directive for appropriate corrective action.

In response to the ICC's decision, the ECB and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club issued the following statement:

"ECB and Nottinghamshire are already working closely to address the uncharacteristic nature of the pitch for the Test match and ECB pitch inspector Chris Wood and Nottinghamshire groundsman Steve Birks are planning the corrective action required under the Clause 4.1 of the ICC's Pitch Monitoring Process.
 
"It has already been established that the drainage system at Trent Bridge played no part in the unexpected issues that arose around the preparation and performance of the Test Match wicket.
 
"Both ECB and Nottinghamshire will continue to work together to resolve the issue and provide the required response to ICC within the 14 day deadline."

© Cricket World 2014

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs