Australia Builds Artificial Pitch For Spin Practice

Australia have built an artificial pitch to help them prepare for foreign conditions
Australia have built an artificial pitch to help them prepare for foreign conditions
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In preparation for Australia's tour of the United Arab Emirates next month, where they will play Pakistan, Cricket Australia has built an artificial pitch - which assists spin - at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Brisbane.

Dealing with spin has always been a tough job for the Australian batsmen. They were whitewashed 4-0 against India in India and their recent defeat against Zimbabwe in the Tri-Series was attributed mainly to their inability to combat spin bowlers on a slow pitch.

The surface prepared at NCC has a concrete base with artificial grass, clay and turf rolled on top of it.

This will give the Australian players an exposure to conditions similar to those in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

"The artificial base and the bounce is a lot different to what we get in Australia," Cricket Australia's high performance manager Pat Howard told Brisbane's Courier Mail on Tuesday.

"I think it's a step in the right direction. Batsmen can practise on a pitch that will play very differently to what we can expect in Australia."

The Australian squad selected for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tour which comprises two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and a T20, will take part in practice on this pitch to help them adapt to the slow and low pitches in the UAE.

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