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India v England: 2nd and 3rd Test pitches rated 'average' by ICC

India's captain Virat Kohli, Axar Patel, Rishabh Pant and Mohammed Siraj hold the trophy
India's captain Virat Kohli, Axar Patel, Rishabh Pant and Mohammed Siraj hold the trophy
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rated both the pitch for the second Test in Chennai, which India won by 317 runs and the Ahmedabad pitch on which England were beaten in two days in the third Test against India, as ‘average’.

This means that India will not be punished by the International Cricket Council with any demerit points - demerit points can lead to venues being suspended from hosting international matches.

Pitches and outfields for all internationals are given one of six ratings: very good, good, average, below average, poor and unfit.

A below average pitch is given one demerit point, a poor pitch three points and an unfit pitch five.

If a venue collects five demerit points in a five-year period it can be suspended from hosting international matches for a year.

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